EXAMPLE: In order to be specific you need to come to the point, go into detail, put a finger on, pin down and be precise. :o)
I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. Lily Tomlin
To make your writing shine, use specific words when you write.
Did she walk or did she tiptoe, prod or prance?
Were her eyes just blue or were they sapphire or steel gray?
Did he drive a vehicle or a Ford F-150 or a scarlet mustang?
Use specific color, shape, taste, smell, touch, walk, etc. words in your writing.
They say we should write using all of our senses, but writers often don't use taste and smell words enough in their writing.
Here are a few taste and smell words for you to consider:
alkaline, bland, crisp, dank, earthy, fresh, gaseous, hot, musty, overripe, piney, raw, sour, stinky, tempting, vinegary
Can you add more to the list?
Mama Bird told Papa Bird to build her a nest in a hidden area.
She should have been more specific!
Posted by Janet Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.