Written by: Shewonda Leger
Primary Source: Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures
Terribleminds shares a writing exercise that can improve your writing, which is to take one thing and describe it ten different ways. Try it out. Pick a thing.
Here are the rules:
- Focus on it and describe it multiple ways. Ten, as noted.
- Each no more than a sentence of description.
- (Feel free to choose a real world thing. Say, a lamp in your corner, or the flu you had last week.)
- Differ your approaches in how you describe this thing.
- Try pinballing from abstraction to factual — from metaphorical to forthright.
Here’s what I came up with:
After sitting in the car for ten hours, I was tired of traveling. My butt was worn-out from French kissing the seat. My neck was stiff like a pole. Like a baby with a wet diaper I was. Like an old and dusty bookshelf I felt. Frustrated and ready to stretch my legs. Connected like a group of organic compounds, waiting for H2O to break the bond.
Now you try!
The goal here is just to flex our descriptive muscles a bit.