30 Jun

Writing Through the Senses: Sight

Posted in Writing Exercises, Writing Through The Senses

 Welcome back everyone!  I hope you enjoyed last week’s exercises.  Today we’ll be talking about sight and how colors, shapes and everyday objects help spark a story.  Let’s dive in, shall we?

Faces Exercise:   Below you’ll see four objects that look like faces.  Choose one of the faces and create a human character that fits the personality of the picture.  Answer the following questions about your character.  (Remember, your character isn’t the inanimate object in the picture; your character is a human who’s personality is inspired by the image you selected below.)

Let’s start with the basics…

  • Is your character male or female?
  • How old is your character?
  • Where does your character live?
  • What is your character’s occupation?
  • Who’s in your character’s family?
  • Does your character have a pet?
  • What’s your character’s favorite color?
 Next let’s dig a little deeper…
  • What’s your character’s greatest fear?
  • Does your character have a secret?
  • Who is your character’s nemesis?
  • What does your character want most in the world?  Why?

Finally, give your character a name.

    Now that we have a character, let’s put him/her in a situation.  Pick a number between 1 and 5.  Don’t click on the number just yet.

    The situation is as follows: your character is stuck in a place.  He/she isn’t helplessly stuck (i.e. the character can leave if he/she so chooses) but something is keeping the character there.  What that something might be is completely up to you.

    Remember that number you selected?  Click it now.  This is your place.


    Write the scene that unfolds.  Use cues and details in the picture to bring the situation to life.  And don’t forget to have fun!


    Comments on this post

    1. salarsenッ says:

      This is a fabulous exercise. Technically, it can be used while developing any scene. Thanks.

      1. Sonia says:

        This is a great way to help round out characters (I just used this prompt the other day to help me get past some writer's block in a story I'm writing–and it led me to finally give my main character a name!). I have to confess that I would not mind being stuck surrounded by that beautiful water…and neither would my mop-turned-dreadlocked-surfer : ) I guess it's a good thing I picked the cave.

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