Descriptive writing: It’s ‘go time’!


AFTER THE GENTLE PUTTERING OF DESERT-BOUND CAMPER-VANS IN TASK 1, WE THOUGHT IT MAY BE A GOOD TIME TO PICK UP THE PACE.


WHERE BETTER THAN THE LONDON UNDERGROUND?


THE WALK…

TASK IDEA: WRITE ABOUT A WALK THROUGH A BUSY AREA AT RUSH-HOUR


Photo by Anna Dziubinska on Unsplash


WHAT COULD YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR WRITING?


What stands out the most to you?

Is it the solidly still structures that stand starkly and in contrast to the blurry, rushing figures scurrying through this station?


Or is it the colours? The flashes of reds, oranges and occasional pinks, bringing life to what may otherwise be a rather sterile, commuter-grey kind of a mood?


Which brings us onto the commuters themselves. How could you describe them? What could you compare them to (remember, a simile here and a metaphor there is always helpful for creating a vivid sense of life in writing).


WHAT SENSES COULD YOU EXPLORE LINKED TO THIS IMAGE?

Would it be the sounds – a steady hum, buzz and clatter? Voices, phones and footsteps? Or would it be the temperature? Is it overwhelmingly stuffy or witheringly cold? And what kind of smells are in the air? For this one, we will leave your own imagination to decide!


“A word after a word after a word is power.” Margaret Atwood