As a visual learner who likes to paint, I need to be able to see something to understand it. If you, as a writer, can’t show me exactly what’s going on, I’m going to get lost. Here’s how to write like there’s a movie playing in your reader’s head.
1.Be specific with your colors
I’m not saying you need to be able to recognize 10 different shades of black, but at least try to use specific color names.
Look at this square. These are 9 different shades of yellow. Some are more brown, others creamy, and the middle is truly Tweety bird yellow. If you want your readers to see the same bird you do, you need to take into account how much one color can vary in appearance.
Let’s do an example: “The yellow bird flew into the tree.”
That’s lame. And ambiguous.