The following prompt is from one of our Writers in the Grove members for our NaNoWriMo prompt-a-day project for November 2016.
Your prompt today is weaving.
Check out our list of prompts for even more inspiration.
Your characters head for the local museum or art gallery. Their eyes are filled with wondrous sights. Colors, patterns, shapes, textures, renewing their spirit, giving them the beauty they crave in their life. Or boring them to tears as they’ve just been dragged to another thing-they-don’t-wish-they-had-to-do-in-order-to-save-a-realtionship-or-get-sex.
Either way, it helps to have words to describe and critique that art.
Describing artwork is one of the fascinating uses of language, in any language. How does the writer capture a painted expression, a twisted sculpture, an abstract painting? Could you describe the Mona Lisa with the right words to make the magic of Leonardo Da Vinci’s portrait explain why it continues to attract millions of visitors eager for a glimpse of the woman’s face with a lack of expression?
Artwork is encountered in most books in some way, a photograph of a suspect, a painting on a wall, a quilt, lacework, or arts and crafts item that tells us more about the character, place, or solves a mystery. How do you describe it to not only let the reader see see it, but also choose words that match the tone, scene, time, and owner?
In general, use the following tips for presenting a work of art, though how you choose to describe it and use it in your writing is your personal, creative decision.
To help you learn more about learning how to describe arts and arts and crafts, we’ve put together some resources.
Here is a YouTube video for writers on how to describe art.
The following will help you describe artwork and critiquing it to help you flesh out the experience of your characters.
Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around.
Just look, don’t interpret.
See the light shapes, colors, textures. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be.