When writing stories, it’s important to use good description. One of the things you can do to help you create descriptive scenes in your stories is to use your five senses to help you imagine the scene.
Let’s say your character is lost in a junkyard. Ask yourself these questions:
- What does the junkyard look like?
- How do the old cars smell?
- What can your character hear? (For example, can he or she hear the sound of a dog barking in the distance?)
- When your character leans against a rusty old car, how does it feel?
- If your character stops to eat something, what does it taste like? (We use this one the least, but it can be helpful in some scenes.)
So once gain, the five senses include the following:
In my classroom, I use an activity called the “description boxes” to help my students organize their sensory vocabulary. Here’s the description boxes worksheet, which must be used in conjunction with a thesaurus:
Another tool I use to help my students create imaginative characters is a “character sketch.” This worksheet asks a series of questions about the character. Once you answer those questions, you should find your story beginning to emerge around the character itself. Here are my “character sketch” questions: