Thursday, August 06, 2009

Twisted description

Describe someone in positive terms but then add a negative twist.
  • In a neat strip his hair clung to his head from forehead to shoulders like a beaver tail of soft curls.
  • Her cherry lips framed corn yellow teeth that rivaled a horse's.

Also describe someone in negative terms but add a positive twist.
  • The wrinkled parchment of his face burst into life with his smile.
  • Her fog of thinning hair glowed like dandelion fluff in the sun.

From #161 at Meredith Sue Willis Writing Exercises.


Unknown said...

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I am also trying to contribute to other weekly writing prompts and thought you might be able to use the following link.

Mr. Blinkie looks like this:

What's nice about using it is that you get to see others who are also doing the prompts and visit.

Keep up the good work. If you need any help, please let me know!

Joyce Fetteroll said...

Thank you very much. :-)

I'll check into Mr. Blinkie. Thanks for the link.

Unknown said...

I was so pleased to see a speculative writing prompt!

Good for you and thank you for your hard work!

Unknown said...

This was rougher than I thought it would be. I'm not sure I even did what the prompt said.

Joyce Fetteroll said...

What's important is the descriptions create the effect you want :-) Describing someone in totally positive terms or negative terms paints a cartoonish portrait. (Though sometimes that is what a writer is going for!) No one is perfectly good or perfectly evil, beautiful or ugly. It's the contrasts that can bring them alive.