Writing descriptive sentences in traditional hard news prose is difficult.
And while it remains challenging to craft a compelling and descriptive story in Orato's signature first-person style, that is how you, the writer, stand out from the crowd.
Our format not only allows us to go deeper into breaking news but encourages us to do so. We have the time and space to step into the subject's shoes and share their experience.
Let's use this scenario as an example:
"It was dark. I was alone on the edge of a cliff."
Is it interesting? Absolutely. Would I still read it? Probably. Now contrast that sentence with the description below.
"What I remember is that, suddenly, I was completely in the dark. I quickly realized that my flashlight had lost its batteries. I was in a crouched position and felt like if I was sitting on a narrow surface. Behind me, I touched the wall of the mountain, and my legs dangled in emptiness."
They share the same premise, but I know which story I'd read.
Don't be afraid to take the time to describe the subject's surroundings. Your story will only be better for it.