new experiences

Recently I was talking to a friend who is just beginning to blog and is hungry to sharpen her writing teeth. That got me thinking. I’m guessing there are others, perhaps even a few of you who read my blog, who would also like to grow as writers but aren’t sure what steps to take to make that happen. So, for the month of April, my Tuesday “On Writing” posts will focus on writing challenges. Nothing too hard, and certainly nothing long. Just quick assignments that may get the creative juices flowing. If you’re beginning to write, or if you’ve hit a wall in your writing, these may help you to find your voice.

The first one is deceptively simple: Write 3-5 paragraphs describing the look, taste and smell of an orange to someone who has never encountered one and is unfamiliar with the color.

This will push you to think outside the box in terms of description. How do you adequately detail the look of an orange without referencing the color? How do you describe the smell? The feel of the skin? The taste? Can you give a reader the experience of eating an orange even if the reader has never had the experience first hand?

This kind of description, detailing an experience your reader hasn’t had, is pivotal to both fiction and non-fiction. It’s all about sight, smell, taste, texture and any other key detail you can think of. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just descriptive enough to give the reader an idea of the experience that engages multiple senses.

If you decide to run with this and feel good about what you come up with, feel free to post it (or a link to it, if you post it on your blog) in the comments.

Happy description hunting. I’ll have something new to push you next week.


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

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