I have always said that writing is a complex art form and it surely is that. Part of the craft is learning how to ‘paint with words’ so that it ignites the senses of your readers.
In any type of writing, it’s important to not only see the words in front of you, but also feel them, hear them, smell them, and taste them. The best way to do this is to understand that metaphors are your friends. Metaphors are your most powerful ally in writing.
When you are trying to describe the ocean, it’s not enough to just drop a boring, mundane description of a large body of water. You have to show your readers what it’s really like to beon the shores of a great sea. Describe how the waves roll in and out before you like the timeless stages of your life. Describe how the sun bears down on the seas, it’s golden rays shimmering like bands of gold in the water.
Now your other senses. What do you hear? Do you hear the sound of the pounding waves? perhaps the cries of seagulls as they comb the shores for something to eat? Do you smell and taste the salty, breezy air around you? Do you feel the sand beneath your feet or the chill of that misty breeze?
Even if you have never been to the ocean, you can still imagine what it would be like, what you’d taste and feel. Using metaphors and adjectives to awaken the senses, to give the ‘you are really there’ feeling is the greatest skill to have in writing.