Welcome back to our Imagery Friday! If you’re here for the first time, you might want to read our first post about imagery HERE. It’s brief, but fun (and opens in a new tab or window so you don’t lose this page). When you’re done, come back here for today’s exercise. You’re also welcome to click on “imagery friday” in the Tags section just under my photo. This will bring up a list of all Friday exercises relating to imagery.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has emerged as a center of modern architecture that stretches the imagination.
Today’s exercise is about the imagery produced by a hotel, and what a hotel it will be! Below, I’ve included two images, but it is the second image that we should focus on for our exercise on imagery. The reason I’m using such an unusual image is to ask you to examine how images of unfamiliar or strange places can heighten familiar emotions. They can refresh our senses, which lingers in our minds and hearts longer than the absolute familiar.
Writing is about leaving your reader with an unshakable image, of course. And while it’s easy to describe something literally, it’s far richer to explore your imagery in terms of the unfamiliar. Language is rich in metaphor and simile for that very reason: these figures of speech allow you to allude to feelings and functions that deepen the imagery you’re creating. (My course, Impact of Style II: Our Figurative Language, provides clear explanations of figures of speech as well as practical, hands-on exercises to familiarize the student with each one.)
EXERCISE: Today, you should write TWO descriptions (both of the second photo):
- first, a literal description, of what you see;
- second, a description that extends your imagery by using comparison to NON-WATER-BASED things.
Once you’ve written your imagery descriptions, post both of them in the comments section of this post. I’ll respond to each description, with observations of what works well, and what might need a tweak.
So with no further ado … here are your photos:
Dubai Underwater Hotel, view from the air
Isn’t that mind-blowing?
Dubai, Underwater Hotel, view from your room…
Can’t you just imagine?!
Remember to post your descriptions—both of them (the literal description, and the figurative description) about the second photo—in the comments section of this post!
Write in JOY!