In this guide we will go into descriptions. Specifically, we will explain how to describe a place in a theme. Describing a place, an environment, a room is not as simple as it might seem. In fact, to do a good job you have to consider every aspect of the place you want to describe, making sure that the reader can feel present in our memories. Here’s how to proceed.
- paper and pen or alternatively the pc
Write with your eyes closed
You can start by closing your eyes and noting on a blank sheet the sensations that this place evokes us, smells, feelings, colors and everything that the place brings to mind, and then move on to a more detailed description. The fundamental thing is therefore to try to dig inside the personal conception of the place without however neglecting the real descriptions, so that the reader “sees” that same place with his mind.
Describe the color, the shape and the parts
You can start with the visual impact by describing the color, the shape, the parts that make up that particular place, the people or things that are part of it at that particular moment, the lights, the dimensions.
Subsequently, it is possible to go into detail by specifying the types of sound audible in that particular environment: noises, rustlings, votes; indicating the intensity of the sound. If you find yourself in front of a particular image, get excited by describing the feelings aroused.
Exploit the sense of smell
The sense of smell is the sense that most of all manages to evoke memories, for this reason the ideal is to try to exploit this possibility. If we were to go and describe a country area in which the presence of lemon trees, try to smell a lemon, so as to arouse feelings similar to the scene you are trying to describe.
A place is never the same because the eyes that see it are different, which is why we must try to bring our own personal experience into the theme and not leave out objective data. For example if at that time it was night or day, winter or summer, if it rained or there was sun, etc.
Write the theme
Once these considerations have been made it is time to write our theme. It is necessary to read the notes taken and perhaps begin with a description of the emotional state of that moment, to then describe in detail the characteristics of the place as already indicated.
Finally it is fundamental to give, at the end of the theme, a personal judgment on the place that is positive or negative, but that still manages, once again to make the place of the theme, a personal experience of the writer.