Descriptive Writing Don’t tell me SHOW me
Standing Overlooking Peering Growing Concrete Darkness Grey Black Dead Eerie-eerily Silent-silently Isolated Desolate Scary- scarily Uninviting Hauntingly seductive Creepy-creepily Rotting wood Nouns/Verbs/Adjectives/Adverbs/
Start your description • The house stood on concrete steps. When I looked at it I felt scared… OR • Standing on a mass of cold, concrete steps, the sight of the deserted mansion sent chills through my spine… Which example is more interesting?
Personification • ‘The wind stood up and gave a shout’ (James Stephens, ‘The Wind’) • ‘Grafton Street is yawning, waking limb by limb…’ (Michael O Siadhail, ‘Morning on Grafton Street’)
Personify it: • Give it human persona: • Windows are dark, staring black eyes… • The door, large and wide, a preying mouth waiting in silence to gobble you up…
Similes • Her eyes were like beaming lights… • His eyes were as black as coal… • Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep… • As blind as a bat… • They fought like cats and dogs
Describe the inside of the house: Imagine you are entering the house: Describe the inside of the house Write 10 sentences about it Remember your senses! • flickering lights • murky darkness • decaying plaster • rust and rot • aged crates and chains • dark shadows • cold brick and cobblestones • dim graveyard • old and creepy • sensory overload • Creepy eyes • Thick cobwebs Don’t tell me SHOW me
Write your own Story • Include a scary house. • First person narrative…You are a character in the story • Try to begin sentences with active verbs (e.g standing, looking etc…). • Avoid constantly using ‘I’. • Plan your work: • Plot (main points of what will happen in the story-beginning, middle and end). • Verbs/Adjectives/ Adverbs. • Describe the scene. • How did it make you feel? • Don’t forget the senses- Sight/Smell/Sound/Taste/Touch. • Be imaginative!
Bibliography • Images used from: • Clipart via powerpoint • http://www.wpclipart.com/phps.php?q=smiley+faces • Poetry examples: • James Stephens, ‘The Wind’ • Michael O Siadhail, ‘Morning on Grafton Street’)