This week’s exercise is in the form of a diary entry.
In a ten-minute freewrite, describe a day (yesterday, or a day not too long ago) by using ONLY nouns (i.e. words for things, places or people).
This exercise is designed to give practice in observation and in using strong, specific description so aim to stick to concrete nouns (for example: “mushroom curry” “College Road” “Mike”) versus abstract nouns (such as “boredom” “beauty” etc) which might take you in the wrong direction.
A piece of writing like this is an excellent investment for the future if you are a writer because over time you will inevitably forget the mundane details of the present but details are what makes fiction, poetry and memoir convincing and alive.
Remember, though, as with all freewriting exercises, never feel constrained by the prompt. You can spend ten minutes describing loneliness or loyalty or whatever abstract quality you like and ignore the instruction to list solid objects, people and places. Or you could describe an object, person or place you have never seen or met in your life! Just stick to nouns, if you can. But whatever you do, don’t stop writing even for a moment.
Go for it!