The following is the second lesson of my six week course for developing creative writing and making it a healthy habit in life: Creative Writing: Making it a Habit. Let me know how you get on.
Week Two of Six: Using 5 Senses–Description
Take a moment to review how Week One went for you. You may choose to write a five minute reflection. If you are able to, perhaps you could choose a piece you wrote last week to share with someone.
This week we will be spending a large chunk of time writing about what is in our surroundings to work on how to write descriptively. Part of using vivid language and specificity to make writing more lively is to use all of our senses. This way, the reader is able to relate more intimately to the piece of writing.
Freewrite 5 minutes on each sense (25 minutes total): see, hear, smell, touch, taste
Do this without pausing between each, except to reset the timer. Remember to write the prompt and date at the top of your paper and go with your first thoughts. This is a freewrite, so anything goes as long as you’re using your senses. You might find this activity is best done in a public place such as a library, coffee shop, park, etc. Whatever you do, keep your pen or pencil moving across the page and don’t worry what you’ve written (even if it’s the same same same same word over and over until you get unstuck). Simply write.
How did that go for you? Did you get writer’s cramp in your hand?
Freewrite 10 minutes or make a list of events that occurred in your life in the last 24 hours (e.g.: brush teeth, take shower, argument, film, sleep, eat…)
It might be easier if you start with NOW and choose some event, however minor, for each hour, working backward.
Have a quick look over your completed list and select one event.
Freewrite 15 minutes on that selected event using all 5 senses
Read your freewrite aloud after 15 minutes. If possible, read it into a dictaphone so you can play it back and actually listen to it being read aloud. Well done for getting so many descriptions in your writing!
Spend 5 minutes writing affirmations (come up with at least 5); you may choose to write the same one several times to really let it sink in.
Some examples of my affirmations:
I write like a child.
I have an inspiring imagination.
I am a success.
I write efficiently and interestingly.
When I write, I am free.
-Write a draft of 250-500 words of flash fiction (a very short ‘story’) using the first 6 or so random words that come to mind (some words my group came up with: helmet, earrings, boat, salvation, nougat).
-Freewrite 5-10 minutes with one of these prompts: “teapot” or “monsters in my closet” OR make up your own.
-Write one page of affirmations.
How did it go? Leave a comment for me–I would love to hear from fellow writers.