Christmas Treat 3: The Elephant in the Room


This week—mainly because I’m automating all this while relaxing in Florida—I thought it would be interesting to do something a bit different. Namely, I am going to provide some writing exercise ideas to get you started on the road to better writing. Let’s see what we’ve got.

The elephant: First, think of an image, person, object, or setting (i.e., a noun) that is fairly well known. Now, write a few paragraphs describing the noun you chose. Here’s the catch. You cannot name your chosen noun or use anything that would immediately give it away. For example, if you are describing a horse, you cannot use horse, equestrian, or other horse-y words. Once you’ve written your description, see if others can tell what you’re describing.

The reason: The main purpose here is simply to improve your skills of description. When you can’t name what you’re describing, you have to think of other means to get your point across. Think of it like charades with words.

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