I would love to do more descriptive writing, but I always get stuck. I have ideas but I don't know where to start with them. Then I worry about my ideas being silly. Silly, I know. I know too that I just need to start start writing stories. Silly stories, boring stories, bad stories and who knows may a few interesting and maybe even good stories. But I have to get started. Which I am struggling with.
I recently read a book called The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius by Nancy C Andreasen. It's an interesting book on how brains of creative geniuses may or may not be different than those of regular people. At the end of the book it discusses how one can exercise their mind and brain so they can become more creative. One of the suggestions is to practice observing and describing. Work to improving your ability to observe and describe the world around you. A good way to practice this is to choose something, a theme, from where you live, like birds, houses, clouds, etc. then observe them closely. Try to observe details that you might not normally notice. Then think about the feelings and emotions the theme might evoke. Finally chose words and sentences carefully and thoughtfully to describe the them and the feelings they evoke. Work hard to chose the right words to describe the theme. Use a dictionary and thesaurus to help create and learn new ways of describing your theme. Continue the practice of observing and writing about your theme, the same theme, for weeks and even months.
I really like this idea and it seems to be a great place to start writing more creatively. I think I am going to try it, but I really need to commit myself to it, which can be difficult for me. If I am brave I'll post my practice here. I think my theme will be Nevada skies. I'd like to do sunsets, but that's a small window of time and I can see myself using it as an excuse not to do it and I'd like to avoid excuses if I can help it ;).
Does anyone want to join me in this exploration?
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