65 Ways to Describe Sight and Eyes in Your Writing

“The Eyes are the window to your soul”

… people have been trying to decode ever glitter, wrinkle, squint, and gaze that passes from those orbs. When I read a description that catches my attention, I copy it down, using it later to remind me there’s more to a character’s eyes than ‘she looked’ or ‘his blue eyes’.


Here’s my list of 65 (and growing):

A note: These are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).


  • Eyed me as though his bullshit meter was ticking in the red zone.
  • He blinked as his eyes adjusted.
  • an alertness in the eyes, behind the glasses that sat crookedly on the nose
  • Cold gaze fixed on the anxious young man
  • Cast a skeptical eye
  • Sure, we know that, said Herrera, taking off his glasses to inspect the lenses.

To read the rest of these very helpful tips of how to describe eyes, head over to

via 65 Ways to Describe Sight and Eyes in Your Writing

2 thoughts on “65 Ways to Describe Sight and Eyes in Your Writing

  1. Expressing characters’ use of their senses has a large role in my writing. Several years ago, I tore apart my first novel to find out how much sensory stuff I’d written about, beginning with the word “notice,” which I tend to use not only as a reference to sight, but also for other senses. Three of my blog posts on this topic are “Blinkered?” (https://wp.me/p30cCH-bv), “A Sight for Sore Eyes!” (https://wp.me/p30cCH-bI), and “The Eyes Have it!” (https://wp.me/p30cCH-bO).


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