It was a task that I asked my Year 12 class to complete today. They will be working on their one and only creative writing piece for the year, and I really wanted to push them into understanding the importance of description. It was a hard task, and they groaned and moaned when I asked them to begin.
They did, however, complete the task, and did quite well. I especially loved how one student, desperate to use the word enemies resorted to villainous shadows. It was more than I could have asked for, and was an apt example of the power of words. It was a marvelous way for the class to see the power of language - as they realised that enemy did not do justice to the concept that he was trying to put across. They reflected that the image of villainous shadows was significantly more menacing and evoked much stronger negative emotions; that his original choice (enemy) seemed weak in comparison.
Just to see if I could also do the task that I had set, I wrote one sentence describing a shipwrecked vessel. Here it is:
A rusty hull lay jutting with diabolical abandon.
It's a lot harder than it sounds, writing without the letter e; I'm glad to have it back in my life ♥
I would love to see your attempts at writing without the letter e :)
PS - Rapunzel poem coming soon. It's in the final editing phase.