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Why a Writer Needs Observation #amwriting #atozchallenge

Andrea Lundgren

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Description is one of my least favorite things to write–it feels like such a catalog of objects, colors, and sensations–but it’s a necessary evil. Action can’t happen in a vacuum; readers need some sense of where a character is, even if its only very general.

Some authors have gotten away with very little description. Jane Austen, for example, is downright sparse in her details, most of the time, yet even she takes time out from her narrative to go into detail when, for example, Elizabeth is looking at Mr. Darcy’s picture or going over the grounds of Pemberley or Rosings Park.

So how do you write effective description? It starts with the powers of observation.

Today, it often seems like we’re better at zoning out than zoning in, better at ignoring things than noticing them. So here a few suggestions on how you can get your sense of observation working…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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