I don't often beg or demand, I usually prefer to request humbly, but I have to beg you to read the above quote and either save it on your computer or write it down and pin it someplace where you will see it whenever you are writing; it changed my entire style and makes descriptions of all kinds so much easier. It's no fun to read entire paragraphs on nothing but a character's clothing and hairstyle, but it can be frustrating to know nothing about the area you're playing in except that it's a house, so let's read the above quote and practice a specific kind of description: Place description THE CHALLENGE: Simple: Write a scene in which your character or characters enter an area significant to the story. It could be the villain's hiding lair, it could be the grave of a mentor, or a cave where something is hidden, or even just the main character's bedroom or workplace. Your challenge is to describe it with the following criteria: Break out your thesaurus and try to use the words that are appropriate, instead of the ones that just sound cool (ie: if your character is NOT walking with a cocky sway to their steps, then don't say they 'sauntered', say they walked.) Find the details of the place that will be assumed by the reader without your saying anything, and cut them out. (ie: if you are placing the scene in a cave; you don't need to tell us that it's dark and that there are probably bats) Find the details that make your setting unique from every other castle/cave/dungeon/temple/place, and describe them. Make an attempt to get the image into the reader's mind as QUICKLY as possible. Go!