“Art is sensory experience, and creative writing – the making of art objects using language- appeals first to that sensory experience.”
” Your stories ….. come out best when you re-experience the original sensations as you retell. You transport yourself into the scene you are trying to recreate.”
“The primary goal of creative writing is to create and link images- real, live moving images – in your readers minds eye.”
A Writing Exercise to Practice Imagery
- Generate ideas from personal experience
- Create a list of moving images
- What’s the most recent little movie of yourself you can see
- Capture real images that show you in action
- Make a list of 25 images working backwards in your life
25. Roosevelt Stop
Hunched shoulders, face down, walking briskly from work to the el. A man stops me, hands me a red rose, proffers, “Have a beautiful day.” He’s not flirtatious, he’s kind. I take the rose, smile. “Thanks.” I keep walking and later report the encounter on Facebook. (I can’t resist).
24. A Day in Marseilles
Study abroad in Arles, France, Provence. Mark, Kacie, and I take a weekend trip to the Mediterranean port city of Marseilles. Lots of women in Hijabs. Big buckets of stinky fish near the harbor. A gay pride parade blasting through the streets. We cool off in the center of a tall cathedral.
— Quotes from The Practice of Creative Writing, A Guide for Students Second Edition, by Heather Sellers.