This weekend I attended another fabulous workshop hosted by Nutschell Windsor, known in the blogging world as The Writing Nut, and in real life as the founder of the Children's Book Writers of LA, among her many hats. As usual, I walked away inspired, with a writercize or two that formed in my head while there.
Last year at the March meeting, Nutschell encouraged writers to start a blog as a way to get writing and build a platform. Since she is brilliant, I heeded her advice and writercize was born. It is unbelievable to me that an entire year has passed, and even more unbelievable to think that I would not have met several of you bloggers from all around the world whom I now consider friends.
This weekend's meeting was all about voice, style, tone, and ... description, which is where I am taking you on today's writercize.
Nutschell challenged everyone to expand their linguistic capabilities with description. Not the type of long, drawn out description that brings boredom and tears to the readers' eyes, but the type of description in which the writer carefully selects his/her words to most accurately portray whatever s/he is talking about and incorporates it directly into the action of the story. She had us play around with taking nouns and verbs to the next level to spark interest, and reflect on the five senses in general.
I want to apply the concept of description to a particular item that is guaranteed to stimulate each and every one of the five senses.
writercize: Using all five senses (sight, sound, taste, smell and touch) describe a piece of fruit.
If you are low on time, make a list. If you have a little time to spare, write it out in paragraph form.
Please share your writercize experience as a comment! I always love to see what readers come up with!
Click "read more" for writercizer sample response about a lemon.writercizer sample response:
Even with my blindfold, I can picture the sunburst yellow of the fruit I have picked from the bowl. The faint scent of tart citrus floats to my nose. The bumpy exterior, shaped like an unfortunate miniature football that has been spiked a few too many times, confirms that while a member of the citrus family, this is no orange or grapefruit that I hold. This is a zesty lemon with the power to pucker.