You are standing behind the girl with the backpack.
Where are you and where are you going?
Describe your surroundings – are they familiar or strange? Are you lost?
What is she looking at and why are you behind her? Are you with her?
What can you see and smell?
Describe the scene pictured without using the word sea.
Can you use words that will describe the spray from the wind-whipped waves?
Bring the sparkle of sunlight on water to life and paint a picture of how it feels to be standing here looking at this scene.
Imagine you are standing among the trees. What does the air around you feel like? Is there a breeze? What can you smell? What can you hear?
How would you describe the beams of light and the shadows without using the words light or sun?
Stretch your imagination and try to find unusual, highly descriptive words.
You are standing at the bottom of these stairs looking up.
Why have you come down them and what is waiting for you at the top?
Alternatively, what is behind you at the bottom?
Write about your situation without telling the reader exactly where you are or what is at the top of the stairs – or behind you. Use descriptive language to convey a picture that the reader can build up in their own mind. Make them use their imagination.
Use sparing language and make your reader feel the chill in their bones – whether it is the chill of air temperature or fear.
Remember; it is often what you cannot see that is the most vivid. Hitchcock used this to great effect. He rarely showed violence, he left you to imagine it. Think Psycho and the shower curtain scene.
Abandoned and decaying spaces fascinate us for all sorts of reasons. It might be the imagined history of the place or even knowledge of it before it fell into disrepair.
We can imagine the place is full of ghosts, but it will certainly be full of memories echoing down the corridors.
What does this space conjure up for you?
You are standing by an open window in a castle.
Describe the smells, the sounds, the humidity of the air, anything you can taste, and anything you can feel around you. But do not describe anything you can see.
I couldn’t resist this one. It’s so atmospheric and a bit spooky at the same time.
Where is this and who is the figure amongst the trees and what is she doing there?
A car pulls up alongside you one day and someone calls you by name. You struggle to place them and then realise it is an old friend who you believed had died 20 years earlier.