Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Winter Writing Exercise

A lot of people have amazing snow scenery on the other side of their windows this week. The massive storm touched the lives of over 100 million people in an amazing number of states. You can use the snow to good advantage by trying a writing exercise from inside your warm house.

Stand at your window and observe the scene before you. Don't just glance at it. Really study the entire scene. Look at the sky, the street, the houses or buildings across the street, your own front (or back) yard or steps. What comes to mind?

You might begin the exercise with these words:  On a snowy day, I see......        Then continue with the next sentence starting with: I see..........  and continue each consecutive sentence that way. Perhaps as a list rather than a paragraph. Try to use different descriptive words. Note small details as well as the overall scene.

For those who are lucky enough to live in a state where there is no snow, describe the winter scene outside your window. Even the warmer states look a little different in winter than during the lush green summers.

Some of us are more observant than others. Dig deep and use your powers of observation.

1 comment:

  1. I'll try this later. Sounds like a worthwhile exercise.