Monday, June 28, 2010

Prompt #6

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in flowery language when you are feeling particularly Woolfish, Shakespearean, or (heh) Austentatious. Today, try to discard the flower and fuss, and just use straight, clear language.

Your prompt is to write very specific, step-by-step instructions for something. It can be making a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, feeding the cat, or picking your nose. It can be changing the oil, cooking pheasant under glass, or recreating a Renoir. In any case, I would like you to imagine teaching it to someone who has no idea what you're talking about. Assume nothing about your reader, except a basic command of the English language. IKEA-style stick-figure directions don't count :P

For extra points, actually blindfold somebody and give them your instructions!

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