writercize: To improve your descriptive skills, practice viewing objects in a room not by their title, but what they are.
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Do not look at a roll of tape and call it a roll of tape - call it a sticky ribbon wound in a circle. Don't look at a pen and call it a pen - call it a cylinder of ink.
For today's writercize, compose a clue about an object in your room, and see if we can guess what it is!
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Note - It is a true story about being lost in translation - based on a conversation that occurred during my first week studying abroad in Italy, in a city where very little English is spoken, after only six months of studying Italian. I figured I could challenge myself by not referring to a dictionary, and instead use the word I knew to describe whatever I wanted to say. At time, it could be quite ... interesting. On one occasion, I thought I was asking for the bill, and apparently asked for a pot of sake instead. The question below took place in a drugstore.
writercizer sample response:
Here is how I described what I needed to the store clerk. Can you guess what it was?
I need something to clean that will not cause an infection. It should not be hard like a rock, but it should be soft. But not soft like a toy - soft like milk or water. It is made for skin.
Not the most eloquent or direct, but I did eventually get what I needed, and we all chuckled a little at my ridiculous attempt at "fluent" conversation!
---By the way, had I used the English words with a forced Italian accent (adding a vowel at the end of every word), they probably would have understood immediately. I later learned that the words I was trying to convey are almost identical in English and Italian.