These days, people talk a lot about which is better; graphic novels or chapter books. In my family, it’s usually more of an argument than a discussion! Some think graphic novels encourage people to read. As my daughter’s teacher pointed out, pictures draw us in a lot faster than words – especially when someone hasn’t learned to love reading yet. I agree! As a child I couldn’t wait to buy my weekly comics or read the annuals I got for Christmas.
However, images are not a substitute for imagery. Imagery is a writing device that helps the reader picture the scene a writer is describing. For writers, knowing how to use imagery is essential!
The website Literary Devices says that “Imagery draws on the five senses, namely the details of taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound.”
Here’s an example of a paragraph in Chapter 1 of The Thorn Queen that uses a lot of imagery:
“Meylyne plummeted toward the prince. His head snapped up and he grunted like a hog as she hit him square in the chest. Together they thudded to the ground. The prince cushioned her fall but still the world swam and she tasted blood and ice in her mouth.”
What words paint a picture in the paragraph above?