February 2

Writing Descriptively – A One-day Writing Challenge

You’ve likely had some practice before with descriptive writing, but this is one of the most essential skills of a writer, to be able to activate the senses of the reader. Studies have shown that a reader’s brain responds in much the same way as if they were truly experiencing the event they’re reading. This will be felt all the more real if a writer is able to use the Show, Not Tell descriptive writing technique best.

Watch this short video to be reminded of how important sensory writing is for the reader to experience.

Your Writing Challenge Today: write a gross description

Parameters of the task – stay within these lines

  • it has to be a real event, your own experience, or at least based on it
  • you can only use between 100-150 words.
    • This means each word and phrase is a precious resource, like money spent. Make sure you’re spending wisely. If a sentence doesn’t include something that matters, then maybe you would consider developing another phrase.
  • You cannot include anyone from our school in the writing. (Let’s keep friends out of the grossness!)
  • To write what is gross, you have to write with your senses, descriptively.
  • Make an effort to use the Writing Process
    • For some, it’s an effort for them to understand how time taken Before Writing begins can be the most productive part of the process. Too often, young writers jump into writing. Give yourself time to pause, think, consider whether the first idea you want to run with is the best of the ideas you can develop.
      • Your brainstorming could be developed on paper or in your Google Doc.
    • One practice you’ll hopefully develop through this writing course is recognizing the need to pause and think, as a habit, before responding.
    • This also eventually means not being afraid to remove things you’ve written, if you later feel they’re not as valuable or worth keeping.
    • Diagram of writing process stages

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Posted February 2, 2021 by Waldner in category Creative Writing 20

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