it Look Like?
Four Rules of Description
February 5 and 6, 2003
1. Observe the world around you carefully.
This is the most important rule of all.
2. Form a central impression.
What do you see, in general, when you
observe? You may note that a person's room is very messy.
This is your central impression.
3. Now, select specific, concrete details
to support your impression.
In the messy room are three pairs of
dirty socks strewn across the floor. On the desk, a brown
banana skin is beginning to grow a dull green mold.
4. Finally, organize your details.
For a messy room, you might start with
eye level, then move to what you see on the floor.
Think of a place you either dislike or like
very much. Imagine it. What do you observe? Form a central
impression (for example, messy) and then choose three details.
Organize your details.
Write a 125 word paragraph on the place.
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