GREAT DESCRIPTIVE WRITING IS MEMORABLE. IT MAKES YOU ‘WOW’, ‘WHOOP’ OR ‘WHOAAA’ SEEMINGLY WITHOUT TRYING. THAT IS THE SECRET OF GREAT WRITING!
The tricky part can be in getting to that point! Which is why practising your writing – whether it’s to score highly in a school- assessment, an exam, or simply because you know you could be the next J.K.Rowling, Stephen King, Charles Dickens or Emily Bronte (delete as appropriate) is so (SO) important.
We’ve put together a series of images (happily, these are also of the style that some of the exam boards like to make use of – what a bonus, hey?!) that we think will help you practise your skills as well as support your exam revision, help your inner-writer shine and generally create those ‘wow’, ‘whoop’ and ‘whoa’ moments for your reader.
THE ROAD TO..?
TASK IDEA: WRITE A DESCRIPTION OF A JOURNEY BASED ON THIS IMAGE
We love this image for the colour-contrasts, the heat we can practically feel radiating from the red-hued rocks and the noises we just know are waiting to be written about. Where is this van going? Why? And what’s going on around it? Explore your senses and play around with your sentence structures. We love the idea of the sentences echoing the stuttering, spluttering struggles of this lovely ol’ camper van!
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“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” William Faulkner