Creative Writing: Exercise on Description


First choose an object of some kind and place it in front of you. Once you have the object, describe it in as much detail as possible, including all the five senses without forcing it. You may include the weather outside as well. A good example of this exercise is Ted Hughes’  ‘View of a Pig’.

Here is my own exercise (I’ll tell you at the end what the object is)

It is round and symmetrical, you can open or close it. Because it is cold outside, it remains tightly closed not to let anything in, unless you open it at will. It tastes 0f dry water – the feeling that is left behind in the tongue and palate, of almost dry and satisfied.

It’s dark as night – its colour is  mysterious and inviting – utter silence resides inside; unless you move it or shake it. In that case, it provides a resonant sound that it is not loud or uncomfortable to the ears. It feels smooth and inviting to touch and a little cold.

It smells of me, of sweet, of my sensual poignant fragrance, and of my hand cream containing: camomile, jasmine and patchouli.

The object I just described (in my own terms) is a Dolce & Gabana black eyeglass case.

The more I write, the more I realise it is a craft that needs to be improved and perfected by the act of writing itself.  It is true what they say; practice makes perfect. I am in no WAY referring to my own writing, as I am much aware of my limitations and necessity to practise more, and if possible, everyday.

I hope this little exercise was of help for those fiction and creative writers. This, as well as the next exercises I’ll be sharing with you, have been taken from the book ‘The Creative Writing Coursebook’ edited by Julia Bells & Paul Magrs.

Painting on Canvas
Painting on Canvas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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