This is an activity from the A215 Creative Writing Course that I’m doing with the OU. It involves a few simple exercises that encourage the writers’ edict of ‘Show, don’t tell’ (Activity 9.2).
He felt tired – He stretched his lanky arms above his head, reaching for the ceiling, as he yawned and struggled to keep his straining-eyes focused on the lecturer.
She loved him – Gently stroking her hair, she looked at the crumpled old photograph and produced her most winning smile.
They loathed one another – The mutual nod of the head, and cold, hard stare acted as the precursor to their ephemeral conversation of short, sharp utterances.
The children were bored – The bickering and name-calling preceded the pushing and shoving as the siblings’ behaviour took a turn for the worse.
The Grandmother came home drunk – Her walking frame took the full force of her actions as she swayed from side to side and slurred incoherently at Tinker the Persian cat.