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Descriptive writing excercises

It’s a long time since I put any real effort into my writing. Life and all it brings have constantly strived to get in the way. The other problem I have is that I struggle to come up with ideas for stories. I just don’t seem to have much in the way of imagination. Some descriptive writing excercises may help in that area.

To get back into writing, I had the idea of taking a scene from a film. I would then try to describe it on paper. I wouldn’t try to Google for the script, though any dialogue may have to be ad-libbed to a degree, and I shouldn’t have any problems finding the scenes I’m interested in either. One is already available on YouTube. I spoke to a friend (a published author) about it, and she seemed to think this would be a good idea.

One scene I’m considering trying to write is from a film set in 1950’s America. It involves a bar fight between a retired veteran and four teenagers. This should start fairly easily, since there’s a fair bit of dialogue, but most of the rest of the scene involves people being thrown over tables, that side of it could get a bit repetative.

The second scene I’d like to try is based in the early 20th century in the Ukraine. It involves everyone in a village getting excited when the village tailor acquires a mechanical sewing machine. This I think I’d enjoy trying to put together.

If all goes well, I plan on trying some more descriptive writing excercises to hopefully keep my writing interesting. Moving away from films, I could try to describe the scene whereever I find myself when I’m out of the house.

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