As a writer, how do you PRACTICE describing what you see?
Following is one of my favorite poems that illustrates deeply seeing and then portraying what the poet observes.
Nude Descending a Staircase
© 1961 by X. J. KennedyToe upon toe, a snowing flesh,a gold of lemon, root and rind,she sifts in sunlight down the stairswith nothing on. Nor on her mind.We spy beneath the banistera constant thresh of thigh on thigh;her lips imprint the swinging airthat parts to let her parts go by.One-woman waterfall, she wearsher slow descent like a long capeand pausing on the final stair,collects her motions into shape.
Here’s fun exercise. Take yourself outdoors to a park bench and sit with your pen, a journal and notice people, your surroundings, the array of dogs? Find the precise words to describe the flowers, trees, any movement. What adjectives or metaphors come to mind as you allow yourself to really see someone or something? Jot them down. Practice doing a word sketch…or several.