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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***Here's Today's Challenge!***
Look around you right now. Take in the sight, sound, smells, and sensations of your setting. What makes this setting unique? What makes it memorable? What makes it "pop"?
Describe your setting in 5-7 sentences. Give it authenticity with personal details (determine what about it affects you, and make it affect us). Use both physical/literal description and sensory/emotional description to bring us to this place.
Post your results in the comments.
***Hints and Tips:***
Remember less is more. Hone in on the key elements or details and avoid rambling or listing. If you find 5-7 sentences is not enough to describe everything--it shouldn't be, really--consider what elements are most important for making this place what it is.
Even though authenticity is important to conveying this setting, avoid the temptation to simply tell you readers "what it means to you". Once you know what it means to you and have identified what causes that response, find a way to get your readers to identify with that element or detail too. Easy way to do this? Don't use "I" statements.
Some good details to consider--though not required--are weather, time of year, time of day, or even history of your setting.