What are vivid words that create imagery?

Vivid words that create imagery are words that are descriptive. Instead of saying a villain is "bad," say the villain is "malevolent." Replace simple words like 'sad,' 'said,' and 'mad' with more descriptive words that will create an image in the reader's mind. Use a thesaurus to help.

As your writing improves, you'll realize that just about any word can be used in a vivid manner-- it's how you put words together that counts.

By themselves, how bland are the words honey, molasses, natural, thick, tea, steep, meaning to let tea sit in boiling water? What if I were writing about a body I'm witnessing at a crime scene and I say:

"His drying blood? It was the color of tea overly steeped, and unnaturally thick like honey or molasses." [This is an original line] Part of the vividness comes from using food related words to describe something as gruesome as the blood of a murder victim. And this doesn't even have to occur to the reader-- you'll have the reader's attention.

It's not about using fancy words-- it's about using words well, in a way that grips. Don't rely on a word to create an image. Conjure something out of your imagination, and write it down. That is the kind of thing that people will want to read.