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11 September

How to Create Imagery in Your Writing

The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine
- Robert Bresson

The power of written words when coupled with skillful and expressive thoughts is unquestionably mesmerising. It is imperative that writing creates a perspective and stirs opinions in the process. In essence, this relates to ‘imagery creation’ in your writing which connects the reader, treating fiction towards reality.

Writing is a kind of conscious dreaming. A writer crafts his words in a way that tangible expressions and pictorial phrases come alive. The writer creates a world, painting a vivid picture through words, in which the reader inadvertently finds herself pulled into. It helps in connecting the reader with the story and further making fiction more believable.

Ayn Rand, the famous author says, ‘With the exception of proper names, every word is an abstraction.’ Words can express the exact shade of meaning the writer wants. Creating that abstract world requires imagination. A work of fiction without imagery would be like a painting without colours. It depends, how colourful you want your painting to be.

Donna.A.Favors said, ‘A picture of many colors proclaims images of many thoughts.’ Few add-ons that can create an enriched imagery to your writing are:

1. Use of ‘colour noun’: To make your writing livelier and more specific, you can use colourful (descriptive) nouns than the generic ones.  A thesaurus helps in providing freshness and variety to the text.

2. Use of ‘figures of speech’: Adding similes, metaphors, analogies, personification, hyperboles, understatements etc. goes a long way in giving meaning to the description that the writer tries to portray. These figures of speech bring a semblance in the hypothetical scenarios that a writer creates. It takes the reader’s imagination to an entirely new level, where he/she compares and conjures up the situation, hence placing himself/herself right in the middle of the world created by the writer. Do not overuse them, rather use them judiciously and only where it is necessary. A good style is one that conveys the most with the greatest economy of words.

3. Sensory description:  Human beings are all about senses. The five senses that evoke emotions are sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. The combined effect of these senses in your writing makes the reader feel as if he/she is standing alongside the character, watching the events transpire. A feeling of involvement gets created, which makes the fiction more realistic. It helps in creating a sense of realism like a 3D movie. Although we suggest using these senses to complement your writing, rather than construct it.

The most essential skill of a writer is to show, not tell. This is an old adage but holds true as it captivates the reader’s attention like nothing else can. Imagery in writing connects the reader to the fictitious world created by the writer. The idea is to create a visual and aural world through written words, which is as exciting for your readers’ imagination as it is real for you, the writer.

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