It's been a busy week. Saturday is my first horse show of the season and since I'm not as young as I used to be, I prepare all week.
No excuses though. I didn't want to let a Wednesday pass without posting a writing exercise. I thought the easy thing to do would be to paint with words again.
If you've been writing with me for awhile, you know that telling sentences are boring. They don't paint a picture for our minds eye. For example: "She was sick," doesn't tell us much.
"Her throat was on fire and she shivered and shook," paints a picture. This poor girl probably has strep throat or at the very least is contagious and should be home.
Here's another example: "He skated past," tells us that someone is skating, but it doesn't paint a picture. "His body glided over the ice in effortless twirls and spins," paints a picture of someone who is ice skating...not roller skating. See what I mean?
So, in honor of my horse week (I'll be traveling out of town), paint a picture for me. Here's the sentence I'd like you to turn into a work of art for my mind's eye: "She rode her horse."
Go for the gusto. Paint a picture that will stick with me. Paint one that makes an impression that I'll want to share. You can do it and so can your kids. Have fun at my expense!