I love Pat Pattison from Berklee. He teaches that if you want your writing to be more universal, you have to get more specific. Everybody has sense memories – engaging people’s senses is the number one way to draw your reader into the experience.
Object writing exercise
1. Pick an object (my friend and I chose binoffi pie)
2. Set the timer for 2 minutes
3. Using the object as a starting point, write about the object from each of the senses.
4. Read your writing out loud to each other
There are no rules, except that the writing needs to be sense-bound. It is a great exercise for capturing an object or an experience in a way that everyone can relate to, through their senses.
Bananas washed up like flotsam
Looks good enough to dip my spoon in
Sandy dusting of cinnamon and cocoa
Teeth crunching over the biscuity base
Reminds me of shell seeking
Wriggling my toes in the mangroves
Oozing caramel on my tongue
By the way, this was the weirdest binoffi I have eaten – chocolate chip cookies in a martini glass with a dash of caramel and banana. Weird! (But still kind of delicious)