Images from Adjectives


Everywhere and pervasive, images are what accompany this barchive and many others.

We have images of ourselves.

We have images of media personalities.

Words create images in our heads. Especially when laced with adjectives. You can change the idea around with the adjective. You can change the feeling with the adjective. You can change whether people are enchanted or repulsed by your offerings…with the adjective. For instance, a simple sentence: A sphere in my hand. Let’s watch the changes.

A powerful sphere in my hand.

A crude sphere in my hand.

A tempestuous sphere in my hand.

A stolen sphere in my hand.

A redolent sphere in my hand.

More changes:

A sphere in my dying hand.

A sphere in my aged hand.

A sphere in my assistant’s hand.

A sphere in my beautiful assistant’s hand.

A sphere of destruction in my enemy’s uncaring hand.

My love of words is right here in these examples. You can help people see exactly what you’re talking about by shifting your choice of description. An adjective goes a long way toward conveying that meaning you were trying so desperately to find. And aren’t definitions how we all realize we have things in common? Even if you didn’t know that redolent meant scented, once you find out the meaning then you can sense why a writer would use the word redolent rather than scented. Or why you yourself might use one word instead of the other.

Maybe a scented sphere would be a more appealing picture. If you wanted the reader to hear the alliteration, then you would write: scented sphere. If you wanted the reader to be wary of the sphere, then you might do better to use the word redolent. Is it a pleasant scent? What kind of scent is this sphere giving off? What kind of scent could a sphere have? Dynamic? Sulfurous? Sweaty? Animalistic? Powerful? How does power enter your nostrils? Is power redolent, or scented? How about rain? Does rain give you that sense of redolence, or that sense of a scent? What if you were tracking someone? Would you be on their scent, or would you follow their redolent path?

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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