A picture is worth a thousand words. How many times have we heard that mantra of writing? Well, it’s true. The more concrete words that you use in your writing, the easier it will be for your readers to not only see what you are writing about, but they will also hear, smell, taste and touch what you are writing about. They will experience your story on the movie screens of their imaginations.
I try to use concrete words as often as I can. And what are concrete words? They are words that represent things we can all see, hear, smell, taste and touch. And try to be specific when you use concrete words. You don’t want to write “the food smelled delicious” when you can write “the golden brown hot turkey stuffed with dressing and the pumpkin pies still in the oven smelled delicious.”
You can’t be that with a stick!
This is the Old Soldier blogging near the University of Pittsburgh.