10 Tips To Inspire Writing
Trees feature heavily in The Adventures of Benjamin Frank because of the landscape where the story is told, so here are photos of trees to provide 10 tips to inspire writing.
10 tips to inspire writing:
Describe the bark on the tree trunk: What colours do you see? What does it feel like? What patterns do you notice? Is there a simile you could use to describe what the bark looks like? For example, the bark on the tree to the left reminds me of rope.
Describe what you see when you stand at the base of a tree and look up: How does the tree branch out? What directions can you follow? How does it change shape? What does it feel like standing under it?
Describe what you notice at different times of the day: What shadows can you see? How does the sun affect the colour of the tree in the middle of the day compared to when the sun is going down? What reflections does the tree cast on water at different times?
Describe what you see around the trees: What surrounds the tree? In the picture to the right there are other trees, and a grassy area with light and shadows cast by the other trees and the setting sun.
Describe how you feature in relation to the trees and landscape: In this picture you can see my shadow because the sun is behind me, and the trees are in the distance. If you can look at how you feature in relation to the other things around you, this will help you to consider how you can describe your characters amongst their surroundings.
Describe what you can see through the trees: What can you see through the branches? Are there any peepholes that you could describe to give your character hiding spots to view things they’re not supposed to see or find something exciting that has been hidden, like treasure or a secret garden?
Describe what you see on the tree: Is there a knot on the bark that could be used to help your character climb the tree? Can you see strange things growing out of the trunk? Are there bird nests or insects? Observe then let your imagination run wild!
Describe what is missing: Are you looking at a complete tree or has half of it fallen away? Have parts of it crumbled to the ground? Can you see evidence of animals chewing the bark? The things that are missing give you the chance to tell the reader how it happened.
Describe what you see at the base of a tree: Can you see flowers, long grass or moss? Can you see the tree roots? Is the tree on a hill, in a flowerbed or next to a stream? If it’s near water, do the roots grow into it or are they just on the land?
Describe what you love about the tree: You will like different things to someone else. If you share your favourite things, your writing will be unique as we all have different perspectives. We want to know what you love when you’re writing a story. Tell us through the words of your characters.
Don’t be afraid to share as much detail as possible. I have shared photos of different trees, but it’s just as good to sit with one and try all the tips to describe it. You’ll be amazed by what more you see when you sit down with these detailed ways of looking at an object.
And don’t stop at trees!
You can do this with any object you want to include in your story: a sandwich, a bicycle, a park, a character from one of your computer games or TV shows, someone you know, the sky, a box of toys… the possibilities are endless.
For more top tips head to the Young Writers page.