If you haven’t had any snow yet, here’s some to share – I haven’t met the dog in at the one at the bottom, but he looks like somebody I’d like to play snowballs with.
Yesterday I travelled from Newcastle to York and saw some very seasonal sprinklings and layerings of snow over fields and rooftops, so wanted to share it with you.
I was once at a writing class when we had to write about an autumn scene without using any of the obvious words like brown, red, gold, leaves, fall, and so on. It wasn’t easy to do, but it was challenging and led to some vivid, original writing. I think mine referred to satsumas and tomato soup, but it was a long time ago and I can’t really remember.
You might like to do a similar thing with winter – write a snowy scene without using the obvious words. Here’s a list – snow, snowy, snowing, ice, icy, icicle, flakes, fall, sleet, crisp, white, sparkle, blanket, snowball, drift(s), freeze, freezing. It’s not just a case of ‘what other word can I use?’ but ‘what is it like? what is it really like?’
And a warning – this is meant as an exercise to sharpen up your writing skills, not a prescription. Sometimes the obvious word is absolutely the right one. This is something to play with, a ‘show don’t tell’ game. Look at the pictures and think – what is it really like? And what does it smell, taste, feel, sound like?
Have fun, and keep warm!