Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Challenge!
Every Wednesday, I pose a new writing challenge here on the blog. These challenges come from books on writing, classes I've taken on creative writing, or sometimes just from my own imagination. If you're an author, hopefully they will help you get your writing juices flowing and help you improve your craft.
Some of these challenges may be very good ones or may include an element I consider highly important for writers to learn...so occasionally I may cycle through some of my favorites more than once.
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The Wednesday Challenges are open to all readers. In order to participate, simply comment on the challenge post with your response to the exercise. Not only is it good practice, but you could win something nifty and fun!
August Prize: A Lotus Petals journal
Including a personalized message from Brantwijn Serrah
***Here's Today's Challenge!***
describe an attractive person (male or female), as viewed by another
character. This means describe what they look like. Do not mention eye color or hair color.
Do not use:
muscled, brawny, gorgeous, beautiful, pretty, voluptuous, curvy,
perfect, "drool-worthy", "panty-dropping", or "yummy". (Shame on you if
you even consider those last three).
Avoid gross use of hyperbole or cliche.
Post your results in the comments.
***Hints and Tips:***
If you can't describe a person using a generalized term ("beautiful", "gorgeous", "muscled"), you have to get more detailed and specific. You can still describe someone muscular but you must find more creative ways to do it.
If you can't describe eye color or hair color, you have to pick out other characteristics to highlight. Describe ears, nose, lips, throat, fingers, etc. Find ways to make these details evoke beauty in your character.
If you avoid physical description and instead default to vagueries such as how the observer feels about this person or what thoughts/images this person inspires, you weaken your description. Consider the description of Bella's mother in Twilight, highlighted below:
Courtesy of Reasoning with Vampires