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Old 12-26-2012, 04:13 PM
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Hey guys! I read lots and lots of writing books and they always have tons of good writing prompts and exercises that I do. I know that a lot of KPers probably don't have time to go to the library and find these books or whatever, so I decided to post some on here for your convenience! If you have any cool writing exercises, feel free to put them on here too!



First Exercise (from Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway -- Chapter Three "Seeing is Believing: Showing and Telling")

Purpose: To learn how to use vivid verbs and how just a few carefully chosen details can really bring a character into focus.

Paint a self-portrait in words. Prop a mirror in front of you and describe, in the ost focused sight details you can manage, twenty or thirty things that you see. Then try to distance yourself from your portrait and choose the two or three details that most vividly and concisely convey the image you want to present. what attitude do you want the reader to have? Should we find you funny, intense, pitiable, vain, dedicated? Add a detail of sound, touch, smell, or taste that will help convey the image.

Enjoy and have fun!
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:23 PM
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Here's my version (Warning: It's pretty looong.)

The girl was a little taller than average -- tall, but not tall enough for her mother. She had dreamy brown eyes that would often be staring blankly into the distance, looking at something that only she could see. However, her eyes were blocked by small rectangular glasses that she despised. Her nose was not small and feminine like other girls, but rather wide and squished. She hated that too. Her mouth was pink and girlish, however, breaking out into huge grins that would spread across her face. Teenage acne dusted her skin, like red blood against white snow. When she walked through the hallways of her school, she would glance down at her feet, as if that would make her and her imperfect face invisible to the rest of the world. Her hair was light brown -- some even called it red or orange -- and it ended at the small of her back. It was stick straight, except for the wavy bits at the end. Her eyebrows were a shade darker than her sun-kissed hair, though, and they were like heavy dark lines hovering above her inquisitive eyes. A few hairs barely connected them in the middle, forming a slight unibrow that she was sure everyone could see. Her arms were, in her eyes, one of the only beautiful parts of her body, lithe little limbs that were as light as a feather and fluttered in the air like bird wings. She was slim, the flabbiness of her stomach gone from months of yoga and pilates. She was self-conscious of her legs, though, which were muscular and strong after years of dance. Her feet were bony and pale, the bluish veins visible through her thin skin. Her knees were discolored from scrapes and bruises from many, many falls. When she laughed, it was loud and raucous and she used her outgoing personality to cover up internal insecurities.

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The girl was tall and slender, having a lightness about her and a smile always on her face. Whether this smile was true or not, though, was only for her to know. Her laugh was loud and raucous, and when people heard her they always smiled, thinking "What a happy girl". They did not know that this brightness was used to cover up insecurities. Teenage acne dusted her face, red splotches of color against her fair skin. She would often glance down at her shoes when walking down the hallways at school, as if it would prevent anyone from seeing her imperfect face.
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