1) Objective writing: Describe a homeless man sleeping in the rain without using metaphors or similes. What is he wearing? Where is he? What does his face look like?
2) Subjective writing: Describe yourself or a friend without directly describing any physical characteristics. For example, don’t write ‘sharp features, brown hair’, write ‘face of a fox, hair like chocolate’.
3) Creative writing: Describe a car crash without using the words car, crash, vehicle, or accident. Think of how things look, smell, sound, feel, and taste. Ex. ‘The road was a smear of black ice and wet glass, snowflakes melted on slowly cooling skin.
4) Descriptive writing: Sit in a coffee shop and take detailed notes on one of the baristas. Write your assumptions of their personality based on these notes. Think like Sherlock.
5) Emotive writing: Describe the feelings of an artist after his house is robbed of the artwork he had on display.
6) Disconnected writing: Describe a woman’s outfit without mentioning that there is a person wearing it. Ex. ‘The pink hand bag jostled from side to side against the magenta slacks ’
7) Informal, personal writing: In a public place, assign names to people based on what stands out most about them. Eg. ‘The pink lady’, ‘Dog Face’, ‘Bubble Gum’, ‘Loud Shoes’
8) Detailed writing: Write about the sensory experiences of your next meal. Use metaphor and simile to show the reader what the meal makes you feel / what memories it conjures. Remember to describe it with all five senses.
9) Situational writing: Describe an imaginary room in someone’s house. For each imaginary object, write where the homeowner acquired it, why they like it, and any memories they have attached to it.
10) Writing out of your comfort zone: Imagine that you are an animal. Describe a scene from that perspective. Remember that animals don’t think in words, so avoid complex chains of thought. Instead, try to give an impression of the surroundings using fragments of thought. Eg. ‘Cold underfoot, rain, loud and wet, swollen river.’