Writing Imagery

Why it is Important

The use of imagery is very important in writing. Incorporating the five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching help to make your story come alive in the reader’s mind. You can draw them out of their world into your story with imagery. Take a look at the paragraph below.

    “When we got to the river, Pete and I were in for a big surprise. The calm water we had waded through earlier was now a raging torrent, murky with mud and sediments rushing from upstream.  A feeling of helplessness gripped me as I gazed over the water to the bank on the other side. There was no way we could to get across.” (from Broken Trust)

From the use of imagery you are able to visualize this couple standing on the bank of a river unable to cross.

Muddy waters of the Wye © Pauline E cc-by-sa/2.0 :: Geograph ...

By using imagery you can make your readers more engaged in the story.

2 thoughts on “Writing Imagery”

  1. I need to learn to use more of my senses in my writing… get out of the reporter voice and get into the feelings and emotions, the sounds and smells. Thanks for the reminder, Marva. ❤

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