Here are a tips for you to follow that have always helped me with writing.
- Write a little each day. Practicing regularly helps you become more observant and confident.
- Try to write at the same time every day. When writing becomes a routine, the words will flow more easily. You’ll begin to feel committed to your journal.
- Carry a notebook with you at all times. That way you’ll never miss an important moment.
- Keep a sharp eye on every aspect of your daily life. Even the most routine events are worth observing. Whenever possible, make quick notes of what you observe. Later, you can refer to these notes when writing your finished work.
- Look very carefully at what’s happening around you. Take note of “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “how,” and “why.”
- Write simply. Say exactly what you see, feel, hear, and so on. Be specific when you write. For example, instead of tree, say what kind of tree.
- Good descriptive writing depends heavily on observing and recollecting vivid moments. As you observe an event, jot down everything that you observed. Push yourself to remember as many details as you can. It may help to close your eyes and bring yourself back to that earlier moment.
- Remember, you are the writer who observes — you see the people and the scenes. You have the power of the word and can shape the images that you present. Draw upon your knowledge of facts, your memories, and your imagination. I think of these three as “The Known,” “The Remembered,” and “The Imagined.”