writing prompts | week 10.
describe what you see. snapshot a scene with words.
i know i dote on details. you already know this about me. you hopefully have done some doting yourselves. here is a new writing prompt that will hopefully have you honing your skills on delivering details. describe something in front of you. focus on something real, something you can envision clearly, it can be right here in your present, or perhaps something of your past. now paint it, picture it, take a mental snapshot and write everything down. choose a scene out your window, a landscape you love, a face of a friend. be objective. be thoughtful. try to present your photograph on your page without trite phrases or typical cliche words. use descriptive language and paint it as true as you possibly can. the truer your words, the more a reader will be able to see what you see and therefore know what you know.
01. describe a place. look into all the nooks and crannies, leave nothing out. snapshot your studio, your backyard, your dentist office, your bedroom, your closet, your cupboards, or your favorite place to write with only words.
02. describe a person. tell who they are on the inside and the out. how do they wear their hair, floppy over the ears or snipped short. do they have freckles or smile lines. what type of shoes do they wear. someone told me once that you can know 90% about a person by noticing what shoes they are wearing. detail someone you know; then detail the stranger sitting next to you on a bus. compare the two 'snapshots'.
03. describe a thing. what does it mean to you? what does it look like in the sunshine, in the dark, in the rain. describe your wedding ring, the moon, your prom dress, your antique bookshelf, your grandmother's dishes. detail the chair you sit upon. or the stack of books next to you or the food in front of you or the salt & pepper shakers you bought on vacation. describe every inch.
detail your life and all the scenes that pass by. look out your window. look in your kitchen sink. look into your baby's eyes. then get out your notebook. pick up your pen. and write.