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How to Write Crisp, Evocative Descriptions: Regain the Child’s Eye (10)

“Man’s maturity: to have regained the seriousness that he had as a child at play.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche “I have fierce, perfect muscles that you can see far away. I used to have a perfect mouth till I lied.” “My parents got divorced and my dad got me.” “What’s quieter than the rain Wednesday morning? Silence is the quietest thing that people break.” “Sometimes I feel kinda only.” All of the above were written by children who used to be Rebecca McClanahan’s students. McClanahan points out that, like children,  writers should have a different spin on creativity –  artistic expression should both be playful and highly concentrated. Writers should also be patient: “Like a child who manipulates a doll or a piece of string for the pure sensory pleasure of it, the imaginative writer takes pleasure in the purely descriptive moment, without hurrying the task.” Children, McClanahan observed, were fully engaged in the task at hand. Also, as the children wrote, they frequently changed their viewing perspective: “A child rarely looks at this world straight on. …