In March I posted a writercize called Feeling Fruity with very impressive results.
I invited people to describe the fruit of their choice using descriptive words to describe all five senses. I challenged them to think beyond big, small, stinky, soft, to really garner the essence of the fruit.
And describe it they did! I was drooling reading through the pictures they painted with words.
There is something to be said about the ability to describe an ordinary thing, such as a piece of fruit, and make it come to life.
Imagine the marketing power of a wordsmith who can draw a client in with language. Imagine the success of a venture capitalist who can communicate their dream product perfectly. Imagine the movie rights for a novelist who can paint an entire world with words. (Hunger Games, anyone?
Today I challenge you to describe something. Describe its appearance, worth, untouchable essence, if you may, and work beyond simple adjectives to get there.
writercize: Pick an everyday object in your home (ie fridge, sweater, computer, hairbrush). Now describe everything important about it.
Remember that appearance alone may not be what is most important ... purpose and relationship often count for something in the objects that surround us.
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Four thin, sculpted legs rise up together to support the slab of painted wood that holds so much of my life in balance.
Envelopes, stamps, brightly colored pencils, notebooks, a social network, my writing portfolio, handmade and mosaiced vases and family photos all sit together on my simple white desk, taking their turns commanding my attention.
The desk sometimes sighs in the center from too many books, or coughs a bit of dust at me, begging for a deep cleansing, but in general, it sits quietly offering up full support and bearing the weight of my busy life.