I was reading this book earlier, and now that I've gotten into writing more and more I've started noticing the different styles of writing and different thing that different authors do. I would say one of my weaknesses in writing is the ability to make my stories descriptive. And in the book I was reading I noticed that when they described a scene... yeah they might use poetic adjectives and metaphors and all that, but they'll also specifically name what the item is. For example, they would describe the design of a house... naming things as if they were an expert in house construction. Here's a quote from the book I was referring to, "Mr. Monk on the Road" (from the book series based on the Monk TV series... which by the way I recommend if you are into non-gritty mysteries): "The front of the house was covered in gray scalloped shingles, with a heavy, protruding cornice arched like a raised eyebrow over the single front window..." I don't know exactly what a 'cornice' is. Context clues hint that it's that shade thing over some windows in houses. The point is, if I were thinking of ways to describe a similar house, I would have never in a million years thought to use that word. Anyways, the point of this thread is to ask you guys if you know of resources that could help someone learn words like that. It would say what a 'cornice' is, and similar architectural vocabulary that I could use when describing a house or building so I don't have to use dummy terms like "that thing over the window". I also have similar issues with fabrics and clothing styles because I could just call something a shirt... but certain clothing designs have very specific names. I know my question is a little strange but any insight into the issue would help.