Describing 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.
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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:
The best 5 reflective verbs for the moon are:
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.
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.
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