1) Soft drinks shoot out of a gun that looks like a prop from a cheap sci-fi movie.
2) His gray-green eyes are expressive behind his thick, black-framed lenses.
3) The warm air is loud with crickets and a lush waterfall, despite the crush of tourists.
4) I left him sitting in his smoke-filled living room, puffing away, with Brutus, his tiny meek dog, on his lap.
5) There is a weightless quality to his hands that gesture with the grace of gulls in tandem.
6) Strolling the boulevard, a 60s Cadillac that stretches a half-block long, catches my eye. From the open window, I see a plush, slinky mink hanging on the shoulders of a gaunt, wrinkled-faced woman.
7) His eyes, in deep gray sockets, were buried in the back of his head.
8) He dines on Oysters Rockefeller, sips a glass of white French wine at $25, as his tongue darts in and out of his mouth, licking his upper lip.
9) With a kitchen knife, he rips into his packaged brownies, and grabs a bowl of vanilla pudding coagulating in the refrigerator. Using a potato masher, he melts the goo into it.
10) The award-winning professor with broad shoulders, cinder-sharp eyes, and military mustache commands respect from his humble students.
From the above examples, realize that you must constantly practice your observational skills to write entertaining features. It’s not hard, it just takes practice.
For more ideas, read my book, Beginners’ Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features. It has been a Featured Selection of Writer’s Digest Book Club.
Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.