Similarly, Tartt conveys plenty of character in writing about place.
Here’s her description of an opulent, sprawling country home: Walking into the library, I took in my breath sharply and stopped: glass-fronted bookcases and Gothic panels, stretching fifteen feet to a frescoed and plaster-medallioned ceiling.
To give your writing descriptive power, build on your descriptions.
If a house looks abandoned and neglected from the outside, describe further signs of this abandonment on the interior.
Similarly, if you describe a striking detail about a character at first introduction, bring the detail back when relevant.
In , Tartt first describes the overbearing character Bunny thus:‘He wore the same jacket every day, a shapeless brown tweed that was frayed at the elbows and short in the sleeves, and his sandy hair was parted on the left, so a long forelock fell over one bespectacled eye.
Describe the scene from the viewpoint of one of the active protesters, then describe the same scene from the viewpoint of a jaded academic watching from the sidelines who is skeptical.
Think about how each might describe their surrounds and bystanders or participants.
The best descriptions draw us in and keep us rapt with attention, placing us in a scene.
Here are 5 tips for writing memorable places and characters: The word ‘nice’ itself is a good example of a nice adjective. If a friend went on vacation and described the Colosseum as ‘nice’, you wouldn’t be any wiser as to how it felt to stand in an ancient, enormous arena.