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How to Write Crisp, Evocative Descriptions: An Exercise in Observation (4)

The naked eye provides us with sensory, concrete experiences.
The imaginative eye opens up other worlds.

–Rebecca McClanahan

Here’s an exercise in observation that is geared towards training the naked eye to see more intently. 398 more words

Notes On Writing

Writing Exercise: Main Character's Bedroom

You are walking with your main character as they are going to their personal space to grab something that they need. Describe their personal space. Is it a cave? 190 more words

Writing Exercises

Writing Prompt: Breaking Away

This week, our group met on Monday, instead of Thursday, so you get the writing prompt early! *throws confetti*

The theme was Breaking Away. For some reason, what came to my mind straight away was a break up scene. 174 more words


Think to Ink: Elinor

This  morning, I sat down to do a writing exercise from Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine, and my husband wanted to write with me! 1,706 more words

Think To Ink

Closed for Renovations: Editing and Dialogue

This exercise is adapted from one in Louise Doughty’s terrific book A Novel In a Year.

Write a scene containing six lines of dialogue, giving each character three lines each. 331 more words

Creative Writing

Turning Points

Take a moment to think back over your life. List your major turning points; significant events that profoundly changed you and/or your circumstances. These could be major, external changes like switching jobs or getting married, or something subtler, like a book or conversation which permanently altered your worldview. 279 more words

Creative Writing

Writing workshop: story elements

This week I ran a workshop on story elements. The exercise for this workshop was more difficult than I thought it would be, but I feel we all walked away with some great story ideas. 300 more words