Word Prompt: Adjectives

As promised, here’s another writing exercise to try. I quite liked this one. It can be applied to prose or poetry, and will work in a group or alone. So here it is:

Group: Similar to other word prompts, each person writes an adjective down. Then you all pick one adjective (not the one you wrote!). Your task is to write a description using that adjective (and others, of course). It can be a description of anything and in any form you want it in, as long as it includes the adjective you chose.

Solo: The trick here is to try to find a word you wouldn’t normally come up with on your own. Try finding a list of adjectives online, or pick one from a book/dictionary. Once you have your word, follow the directions above. If you plan on doing this frequently, write adjectives on index cards and shuffle them up. Pick one at random and us that for your exercise.

Challenge: Whether you’re doing this alone or with others, try to use all five senses in your description. In other words, write out something looks, sounds, smells, feels, AND tastes!
Super challenge: Describe something using all senses EXCEPT for sight. Take out the object’s name and see if someone can guess what you’re describing without it.

We did this exercise at Write Club last week (I’m a week behind in my posts, oops). Below is what I wrote using the adjective morose.

The morose gray sky closed in on the mountaintops. The clouds would soon engulf the peaks entirely, and I would need a new compass. I took deep breath, the smell of pine trees filling my nose. The air tasted like the rain I knew would soon come. I moved to the cover of the trees, ignoring the brambles that scratched at my skin. Moments later, I heard the pit pat of rain drops on the canopy above. The occasional drop rolled down my skin, leaving a clean trail in the dirt and blood. I shivered, wishing I had a way to start a fire. Oh the tribulations of the nudist hiker…


About Squishy

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Posted on March 27, 2012, in Ishy Writes! and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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