Describing the moon   Leave a comment

The moon is perhaps the ‘silver bullet’ of imagery when you want to create an evocative scene. Everyone has their own idea on what makes for a great moon image. It could be a shimmering, globe-gold moon. It could be the eerie, blood-red harvest moon of autumn or the pale, winter-white moon of December. This post will show how to use a silver moon in an atmospheric way. In particular, it will show how to use a silver sea-moon. If you want evoke a beautiful image and make your writing compelling, this is the moon for you! There are no rules to descriptive writing. However, there are some useful hints that you might take on board. For example, it is easier to divide the moon into the following categories: shape, colour, reflection and similes.

Suggested shapes are the following:

1. an orb

2. a disc

3. a halo

4. a ring

5. a salver (a silver food dish).

The colours are completely up to you but some nice silvers are to be found with metals. For example:

1. alloy-silver

2. argent-silver

3. nickle-silver

4. orris-silver

5. zinc-silver

The best 5 reflective verbs for the moon are:

1. gleaming

2. glinting

3. glowing

4. shimmering

5. glimmering


The moon was a wraith-silver disc hanging in the lonely sky. Lasers of moonlight, as bright as diamond-flame, turned the sea a-glow like melted platinum. It was as if I was watching a scene from an old fable stepping off the page and I was beguiled by its beauty. The Chinese called the May moon the dragon moon and I could see why. The waves were a-glitter like curved scales and I became lost in the haunting lullaby of their swell and sigh.

These are just some hints on how to describe a moon which will add ‘punch’ to your writing. I hope it has helped to deconstruct some of the techniques that can be used to describe the moon. No one, least of all me, is saying that you have to use these techniques. All of my blogs are designed to be a platform to germinate ideas, not to shackle anyone with a certain mode of writing. If their structure helps you to think in a more meaningful way, then I’m happy. There is an accompanying video on YouTube called ‘Writing with Stardust’ if you want to watch it.┬áThank you for taking the time to read this blog. Feel free to check out my other posts and thanks for all the nice comments. They are always welcome. Tomorrow I will write a similar piece on how to describe the stars. ‘Bye for now and God bless. Liam.

For much more of the above, please check out my book Writing with Stardust.

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