I have a problem with describing objects and creatures in a natural and attractive way, I always end up with very disconnected or awkwardly connected sentences. This is particularly frustrating because I enjoy writing about weird and fantastical creatures, and I really value giving the reader a clear view of what I'm talking about. Although I enjoy writing and write a fair bit of non-fiction, I'm new to creative writing, and I seem to have two big problems: the first is the subject of this thread, describing things like creatures and people, and the second is describing action as it happens over time. I've always been a fan of the writing style of the Silmarillion, where the stories are written as if someone was telling a story, instead of it happening in front of us (I never really enjoyed that kind of storytelling, it always feels like I'm reading bad erotica, or something), and that's the approach I take to ameliorate the second issue; the first, however, I can't seem to find a way to fix. Every time I try to describe a creature, for instance, it ends up reading as a list of physical traits, and anything I might be tempted to add to embellish it will only come out as unnatural and awkward - filler, basically. I read a lot of non-fiction (mostly philosophy), but not a lot of fiction, since I don't like most fiction out there; I enjoy storytelling a lot, however, and I really want to become better at writing my own stories. I think I'm ok when it comes to non-fiction and even the telling of the story itself, but as soon as I attempt to describe something physical, I turn into a 5 year old with the writing skills and eloquence of a potato. I was wondering what books could perhaps shed some light on how to go about these kinds of descriptions. Any other tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as well. Thank you in advance.