Let’s Compare Postcards

March 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

I’m inviting you to join me in writing another postcard – another exercise in ‘Show, Don’t Tell’.
This time: Picture a postcard with these basic elements — boy, house, road, river.
That’s where we’ll all start and see how it turns out. Again, “use only what can be seen, smelled, touched, heard, and possibly tasted to dramatize the situation. If anyone speaks, it can only be in reaction to something that occurs in the surroundings. No interior monologue, no recollections, no omniscience. In essence, you are a camera, but a camera with five senses and a decent vocabulary, and the film is free. Keep shooting until something happens.”
from:Naming the World and other Exercises for the Creative Writer, pages 28-29
Exercise submitted by Rachel Cline

I’ll check back soon with my own submission and we’ll see what happened!


Entry filed under: Steering the Craft_Writing Exercises.

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