I think that is probably the worst thing anyone could say about my writing is that it’s unimaginative. That it needs more imagination. That it’s hard to see, to envision or whatever.
adjective meaning – not readily using or demonstrating the use of the imagination; stolid and somewhat dull.
uninspired, uninventive, unoriginal, uncreative, commonplace, pedestrian,mundane, institutional, ordinary, routine, matter-of-fact, humdrum,workaday, run-of-the-mill, by-the-numbers, hackneyed, trite, hoary
Well, you get the idea.
I don’t know about you, but if someone called my writing unimaginative, I’d probably give up writing altogether. Or at least, until I recovered from my hangover.
Imagination isn’t my problem. It’s showing that imagination in story form.
You guys have taught me a lot about using words to paint a story. Thus saving my poor readers from pages filled with dull, boring and unimaginative letters.
- Don’t rely just on adverbs. Could end up all purple.
- Don’t rely just on adjectives. Ditto with number one.
- Nouns and verbs can paint a vivid picture too. And anchors the reader doing double duty.
- Sometimes less is more. Remember TMI (too much information.) Not every sneeze, look, shrug and smile must be recorded.
- Colorful language doesn’t always translate into a colorful story. Make sure the hell bells, and fuck that’s fit the story.
- Pretend you’re describing a scene to an alien. Would they understand what’s happening?
So let me ask…
What other tips can you give me to avoid writing unimaginative prose?
Talk to me, the lights on and comments are now open.
Great reading dead ahead!
Imagination with Powerful Descriptions by Creative Writing Now
Fiction Craft and Story by Rachelle Gardner
Writing: Where Less Can Be More by JAMI GOLD