You are surrounded by people who have helped shape your life—your parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, friends, classmates, teachers, and even people you have met only briefly. Without being aware of the details you observed about these people, you have probably drawn many conclusions about them. You may, for example, have I made decisions such as these:
My grandmother is nice.
My friend Joan is a lot of fun.
That woman I just passed on the street seems strange.
Anna is pretty.
John is a good sport.
To make people seem real to your readers, you must do more than give readers the conclusions you have reached about them. A sentence such as my grandmother is nice does not make your grandmother seems real to your readers because it does not help them see and hear her. You must give details that will explain why you reached the conclusions that you did.
One way to give details about people is to describe them directly.
By using specific, vivid details to describe how people look and the way they act and talk, you can help your readers see and hear them.