The Fragrance of a Thought

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
Henry David Thoreau

When I moved from technical writing online to experimentation with fiction, I found I’d forgotten the words. Not all the words, descriptive words.

I forgot about the hues, fragrances, damp dew, evening colors, and azure heavens. I forgot about adjectives. I felt I’d lost them.

Keep the art of the description alive in your writing. Even in technical writing, it can add texture and depth to your content.

5 comments on “The Fragrance of a Thought”

  1. Yes! I’ve looked out at a beautiful scene and wondered how to capture it with words so that the reader would feel the same emotion reading about the scene as I felt seeing it. I still struggle with that.

  2. Lorelle,

    Agreed! A little humor, a beautiful or silly metaphor–they all add depth to technical writing. I always think of the poor souls that read droning instruction manuals. No wonder no one will read them! Reading that is as grating as sitting in the dentist chair.


  3. I stumbled across this shortly after I decided I need to focus more on description. Thank you for this timely discovery.

  4. You are always welcome. Glad I could help.

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