|One thing we discussed was how a good description |
brings a scene to life by including good sensory details
and use of unique, active language: the verbal version
of what Caravaggio did in this painting...
Write a descriptive passage without using the word "was."
Yep. That's it. Try it and report back. It's a great way to exercise your writing muscles.
As we discussed afterward, though removing many (perhaps most) of the wases (hmm...weird word to pluralize) will absolutely strengthen your descriptions, removing them all may weaken it. Sometime the best way to say something is the quickest, simplest way, one that won't draw attention. That's where "was" comes in.
(And knowing when you've got it right? That's where critique partners come in.)