“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov
The most challenging writing exercise I have been set to date is very simple:
Describe this scene. Right here, right now, where we are. Without using any clichés.
So, how do you describe a scene without it being a cliché? As Rory from Gilmore Girls complained in Season 4, “A ‘rain-soaked highway’ is not a cliché, it’s just how you describe a rain-soaked highway!” Well, I’ll give you a few tips, so you can use them next week when NaNoWriMo 2014 kicks off! Then I’ll show you some scenes descriptions I’ve recorded during this week’s visit to Sydney.