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Old 04-04-2017, 03:16 PM
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Imagine walking through a forest near dusk. It is peaceful and quiet; the setting sun paints streaks of light through tree trunks and across your path. The scene is familiar to anyone who’s ever taken a walk in the woods.
Using one word, how would you describe the experience?
Hit me like a brick. How on earth WOULD I do it? Is there any possible word in English that could possibly describe the event?
You try to come up with one. I'm stuck and I'm positive the question will haunt me for a very long time.
That the question came up on a site dedicated to science surprised me. Discover is the home of ImageGeo and many other subsections. I recommend you take the time to read this and apply it to your own writing. It can be found @ http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cr.../#.WOPpq6LdmM8

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Do you want to describe what you're seeing - or feeling? Your soul's response is unique to you - so the language you use must be equally so. You are your own best resource - only you can tell me how this looked and felt through your eyes.
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Do you want to describe what you're seeing - or feeling?
That's not really an either/or thing. And I don't really know why you wouldn't want to do both.
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If you read the article it says there are words in other languages that describe rather complex combinations of thinking and seeing and feeling that English does not address. Many Asian and indigenous languages express ideas like this that're not translatable into English. I suppose if you're a poet...
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Yeah -- I get that. Yes, English doesn't really work that way, so while it's interesting to talk about it doesn't really apply to how we think or write. I was just addressing the idea that there is some dichotomy between describing what you see and feel.

Now that I've thought about it, I'll go out on a limb and say when it comes to writing, there's probably never a good reason to describe anything if it doesn't convey a feeling. That's really the whole point, isn't it?
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