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DESCRIPTIVE WRITING MAKING YOUR WRITING COME ALIVE!!!
BORING SENTENCES Good creative writing requires editing. Look carefully at sentence structure and written expression. Once you are convinced that your sentences are structurally sound, reread your work once again, this time studying carefully your choice of words.
Listed below are boring sentences. Rewrite these sentences, paying close attention to your choice of nouns and verbs. The boy was playing outside and he fell down. The girl was very happy that the school day was over.
In spring everyone hears the birds outside. The snow fell and covered the house. When she opened the door, she smelled coffee. The dog licked the toes of the baby.
Appealing to the five senses is essential to good imagery. Choose four of the phrases listed below. Write a strong sentence based on each of your choices. Make sure each sentence appeals directly to one of the five senses.
Night time in the country - new shoes
Popcorn in a movie theatre - a freshly painted room
Always Choose a Dominant Impression! Here are three very different views of the same subject : an old man. Notice how clues are slipped in to reveal setting.
-1- Slowly, painfully, the old man rested his veined hands on his cane and lowered himself onto the park bench. Wheezing slightly, he rested a moment, trying to catch his breath. The early autumn wind pushed his few remaining white hairs about. Cooing softly, the pack of pigeons gathered about him. He gazed affectionately at his friends and reached
slowly into his pocket for the crusts of bread that he had hoarded for their breakfast. Clues to the setting? Personality of the man? Dominant impression?
-2-Ramrod stiff, back unbending, the elderly admiral stood even taller. He looked out at the sea of people jammed into the auditorium. His blue eyes, despite being somewhat faded by decades of living, remained clear. His uniform was crisp and pressed. Only a fast pulse throbbing at the base of his throat
revealed his excitement. Pressing firmly on his cane, he strode forward. Clearing his voice, he grasped his grandson’s free hand as the boy held his diploma in the other. “Well done, my boy!” Setting? Dominant mood?
-3- As the cruise ship swayed slightly, the elderly gent reached up and straightened his tie. His green eyes twinkled as he anticipated the night ahead. Slowly and carefully he checked and rearranged the colourful hankie in his breast pocket. With great care he slowly bent his knees, trying to ease a twinge of arthritis. He thought
to himself how he still knew a few tricks. Rumbling gently, he turned to his wife of sixty years and said, “Come, my love. Let’s show these young folks how to do a real waltz!” Setting? Personality? Dominant impression?