Susan Morris writes about how to create evocative descriptions and pull your reader in:
Have you ever read a book whose language was so lush, so vivid, so incredibly realistic that you felt, even just for a moment, that the characters, places, and events of the book must actually be real? That’s total reader immersion, right there.
There are seven DOs and DON'Ts here. One example:
DON’T break everything down into itemized lists. “She was five feet five inches, twenty-seven years old, one hundred twenty-one pounds, and she had brown eyes and brown hair. Her house was two-thousand square feet…” These aren’t the kinds of details you’re looking for.
Worthwhile, as always. Read it here: http://www.omnivoracious.com/2012/01/total-reader-immersion-writing-evocative-descriptions.html