Setting Description Entry: Forest



Sight

green, brown, dead fall, fallen trees, logs, branches, twigs, fallen leaves, ferns, underbrush, moss, brambles, thickets, ivy, berry bushes, pine needles, pine cones, acorns, insects, rabbits, birds, squirrels, lizards, mice, foxes, spider webs, deer, sun-dappled, shady, shafts of light, branches blowing, deer paths, dark, thick, thin, sparse, colorful, rose hips, flowers, bird nests, shifting patterns of light, cool, trunks covered with moss, bugs, stillness, beetles, grass hassock, cave, rocky, moist, ravines, creek, steam, melting snow patches/snow covered ground, willows, oak trees, sap crusts, aspen, spruce boughs, seeds, pods, decay, wild mushrooms, toadstools,

Sounds
branches creaking, feet shuffling through detritus, squirrels chattering, leaves rustling, wind whistling around trunks/disturbing the leaves, birds singing, insects humming/ churring, rustle of animals rooting in underbrush, scrabbling of lizards on tree bark, limbs crashing to the ground, still, quiet, crackling underfoot, breaking branches, clattering leaves, soughing wind, groaning trees, squawking birds, hostile screeches from animals, panting, barking yips, ruffling, ticking, tapping, rattling, shake, shiver, grating, the beat of paws against a path, harmonic, rhythm

Smells
tree smells (pine, etc), wildflowers, earthy smell, animal scents, rotting wood, fresh, stale, dry, damp, wet, scents on the wind from nearby places (water, wood smoke, ocean), wild mint/herbs, decay (bogs, stagnant pools of water, dead animals), skunks, skunk weed, whiff, waft, musk, spoor, stench, subtle, fetid, foul, acrid, sweet, rancid, cedar, ripe, sharp

Tastes
earthy air, sweet/sour berries, nuts, mushrooms, wild onions, seeds, bitter, mint, gritty, mealy, meaty, relish, savor, sample, salty, acidic, sweet, flavorful, sour, tart, flavorless, swallow, mild, nutty, relish, rose hips, cranberries, pine needle tea, edible leaves, bark, roots

Touch
rough tree bark, kiss of falling leaves, branches slapping, uneven ground, knobby roots underfoot, sticky sap, underbrush that tangles/grabs, prickle of briars, slick leaves, twigs snagging at hair/scratching face, tickle of hanging moss, spider web strands on skin, soft breeze, strong gale winds, utter stillness, cold, warm, sweaty hot, humid, feeling of claustrophobia, wind against sweaty face, ruffling through hair, grass sliding against legs, uneven ground, moisture seeping into boots, mud, rocks/pine needles/small twigs getting stuck in shoes, hot, muggy, thick unmoving air, sticky clothes, spongy ground, scratchy moss, slimy lichen

Helpful hints:

--The words you choose can convey atmosphere and mood.

Example 1: I lifted my face, letting the light and shadow dance across my skin. Bees hummed in and out of the pennyroyal. I inhaled its minty smell and continued on, delighting in the sound of my feet sliding through the leaves.

Example 2: The light was fading, creating new shadows and dark patches around me. Eyes glimmered from tree hollows. The wind wailed between distorted trunks, carrying the sickly stink of wood rot. I moved faster, ignoring the briars that caught at my jeans, the damp leaves that grimed my skin.

--Similes and metaphors create strong imagery when used sparingly.

Example 1: (Simile) The trees lashed and crashed against each other like drum sticks in the hands of a giant.

Example 2: (Metaphor) The trees stood utterly still, statues in a living museum where no leaf dared to fall.

Does your setting take place at night? Check out this similar Entry: WOODS AT NIGHT

17 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

So perfect! Thanks!
I love the simile and metaphor section!

Marcia said...

Great job. And I really like the drumsticks simile.

Pema said...

Angela and Becca, you one-hit wonders, you've done it again! You're very good at relating to the reader (and making it easy on the writer).

Lapillus said...

This is fabulous!! I love it!

Becca said...

Thanks for the kind words. When Angela and I started this blog, one of our main goals was to keep it relevant to writers. Glad to know we're doing alright on that front :).

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!! Just what I am writing about!!! THANKS!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

thank you

Anonymous said...

very helpful thanxx
cood u include more sentance exxampils thanx that wood be helpful!
miss m

John Carlo said...

Creatively helpful, specially to beginning writers like me. Thanks for this web.

George said...

Thanks. Great Guide for a descriptive piece of writing A*

Soy said...

Great help for my book! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I showed my teacher and she said you rocked. Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Angela,

It's a great Help for me. I was looking for such post that could give some interesting wording to describe a greenery and forest scene.

Thank you very much :)

Anonymous said...

I absaloutly loved thease words i really needed them to help me get my English paper to life

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. These beautiful words makes picturing a scene extremely easy.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for these amazing words! keep the work up!

Z said...

Thank you so much for this! I have been struggling with my forest scenes for the longest time, stuck on the same small handful of descriptors--this is brilliant. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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