Experience the Setting
Step away from the computer
I struggle with descriptions and find my eyes drifting from the computer screen to the window, trying desperately to think of how to create an image with words.
The best thing to do is to go out and experience these images for yourself. You don’t have to be in your story’s exact setting, but similar principles will apply. The sounds of your partner brewing coffee, the smell of rain, the couch’s fabric under your fingertips — surely things you encounter can help you write your story that’s unique yet understandable.
These are some photos I took of Greyfriars Kirkyard and around the Edinburgh Castle to help with my writing. See how I’ve not only focused on what’s out in front of me, but the things beside and underneath me, like the stone walls and cobblestone footing.
Next time you are stumped with your writing, step away and look around. Use it as a homework assignment. Touch things, smell things, watch the world around you, and pay attention to your thoughts. Oh, and take a camera!