Activity 1- Descriptive Writing

28 Oct

Writing descriptively is a very important part of creative writing. Whether you are writing a poem, a short story or a full length novel. It helps you get across some minute points of the story and makes the reader feel each and every word that you have written. Writing is all about feeling. You have to feel what you write and descriptive writing really helps doing that. writing can take various forms but always should express a message in a unique way. However, some of the most intensely expressive writing is highly descriptive and uses language that creates images and feelings beyond that of other literary work. Descriptive writing is known for its deep depiction of a person, animal or inanimate object.

Rich vocabulary is one the key points when you are writing descriptive poetry. One such example is given below,a poem by Emily Dickson:

Summer Shower 

A drop fell on the apple tree,

Another on the roof;

A half a dozen kissed the eaves,

And made the gables laugh.

A few went out to help the brook,

That went to help the sea.

Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,

What necklaces could be!

The dust replaced in hoisted roads,

The birds jocoser sung;

The sunshine threw his hat away,

The orchards spangles hung.

The breezes brought dejected lutes,

And bathed them in the glee;

The East put out a single flag,

And signed the fete away.

In this poem, Dickinson describes a rainstorm during the summer with such greatness that readers can imagine the storm in their minds as it starts slowly in the first stanza, “kiss[ing] the eaves…” and gains momentum as the dust is “replaced in hoisted roads” and the sunshine throws “his hat away.” The metaphors and vivid adjectives that Dickinson uses appeal to readers’ senses and create a lasting picture.

Descriptive writing is mainly picturing in words of people ,places, and activities through detailed observation of color, sound, smell, touch, and motion .

For our first activity of the group, you have to write a descriptive poem or short fiction. It can be on any topic. Send in your entries to miracle.ezine@yahoo.com. Please don’t forget to mention that for which activity you are sending in your entry .The best one will be featured in the magazine and all the entries will be posted here on the website and each entry will be discussed in an interactive session where all members have to participate.

The last day to submit is 4 November 2012. But if you send in your entries before the weekend then we will be able to discuss your entry at the interactive session. Note that the interactive session will be held every weekend and whatever entries will be send in before the weekend will be displayed at the interactive session.

Best of luck to all the members! If you have any other query or you need more details on how to write a descriptive writing, leave a comment below and we will get back to you soon.

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2 Responses to “Activity 1- Descriptive Writing”

  1. Shreyas Tripathy October 29, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Hi ! I have a query here… How short exactly does a short fiction has to be ?
    And can I send in a chapter of a short story in which I have described something vividly ?

    • miracleezine October 29, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      Not more than 3000 words. Yes sure, you can.

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