Monday, January 23, 2012

Writing Exercise - Descriptive Adjectives

Look at this picture of a sailor with a cigarette.  Look at the details of the man's face, the details of his hands, his fingers.  Take note of his facial hair, the creases of his skin and folds of his clothes.  What is he doing? How do you know?  What suggests he is a sailor?  What else do you notice?

First, in the comments box below, write a paragraph describing the man in this picture.  Write like you are telling a blind person about this photo; no detail is too small.  You must paint the whole picture for them. Write at least 5 sentences, using at least 10 different adjectives to describe him/it.  For example "The picture is of a rugged old man as he is lighting his cigarette.  You see his hands cupped in front of his face, smoke billowing away from the thin cigarette in his mouth."  Publish the comment under the name Physical Description.

Second, write a comment describing the personal character of this man (invent it) or of a person whom you know fairly well.  Don't use any names, only personality traits and emotional characteristics.  Say instead "this man..." or "this person is..." and use adjectives like charming, careful, or forgiving.
"This sailor is an honorable man.  He has always been trustworthy, honest, and loyal in our many adventures across the world.  His disarming voice makes even suspicious strangers immediately fond of him.  He is a gifted storyteller and..."
Publish this comment under the name Personal Description.

Click HERE for a list of helpful adjectives.
Or use a Thesaurus to find similar words.
The rules for the use of Commas, HERE.


  1. Physical DescriptionJanuary 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    This is a photograph of a hard working, fuzzy, married man. He is your average sailor with a short, bright white mustache. This man is holding and smoking a very dine, thin cigarette with his dirty hands. The wrinkly texture to his face gives a clear sense that he is no younger than 50. He looks very lonely.

  2. Physical DescriptionJanuary 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    *fine* not dine. Sorry.

  3. Personal DescriptionJanuary 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    This very man spends long, endless days at sea. He spent most of his years away from his beautiful, very loving wife and children. The painful thought of time away from his dear family makes him want to give up on his hard and exhausting career. The horrible thought of his family going hungry and poor is what keeps his bandaged body moving. His family is the best thing that has ever happened to him.

  4. personal descriptionJanuary 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    I just want u to know, How I feel about life as a hole how I traveled down this endless rounds, in pursuit of my goals I’m nothing, still I come up short no gold glove for the fights I fought, only case in court I was forest to be a fosters chilled, I’m questing it was worth my wile cuss my upbringing birth my style momma was always there so I valid that I make her proud, but in the mist of song reliable to get grown of tracks I had to make preparations for that, I kept my feet on salute grown it’s no turning me around slowing me down no stopping me now, Destiny chilled projected to fowl was of the hood mf I was raise in the hood, unlike those with silver spoons I was running around with goons the early accountings in hell sister crack forums the values was still in my heart, and my dream is so vivid I can see it clear in the dark so I use it as music and talk to the charts but the charts ant hollering back so whats a N to do, when you feel like you gave it you all, and your all then get your shit but a bad as chick, and a half as whip around the same old pricks, what do you do if you can relate well thin rewind it I’m lost in the struggle the path I’m trying to fine it I’m lost in this dark streets got me bylined it I’m searching 4 a new round can seem to get it together

  5. Physical descriptionJanuary 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    The man looks old, calm, dirty, and his hands show like he is a hard worker. He can be a mechanic or maybe he works in a train. He is wearing a black hat, he is married, and he likes to smoke a skinny and long cigarette. He has big hands, his eyes are half closed, and he has wrinkles on his face. He has a big, gray mustache.

  6. Personal Description 2January 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    For months she watched her once smooth, beautiful skin stretch and her once tiny feet swell. She worked vigorously through many exhausting work shifts and many long, sleepless nights. She, for the first time, experienced painful, exasperating surgery. All to finally see that radiant, soft face that grew inside of her while she waited patiently.

  7. physical descriptionJanuary 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Having watched the rugged old man (who most resembles the Lipton Iced Tea sailor) I couldn't help but admire of how many tales he could spin me about his unknown life. He cups his hands over a cigarette that's pertruding from his lips, almost as if he's waiting for the next shipment to come in or perhaps waiting for his wife to come back from her tailored career of sewing dresses and hemming nightgowns along with lingerie, emerses out of the dark and murky gray. Note the tattered sillouette, puffing on a stick that seems satisfying while patient and calm in an inert and starry night.

  8. Personal DescriptionJanuary 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    The person I descriping is very kind understanding He is so helpful at Church and at school. He stands at the street corner while the children cross the street.He goes around in the area to see who he can help.He is a very nice Man.

  9. Physical and Personal Description:

    The winter winds are near, and the sailors aboard the fishing ship know it, yet they still find time to celebrate their weekly catches of crab and shrimp. It has been an overwhelmingly abundant year. The captain, however, takes little pride in what he has accomplished. He is very humble, quiet, yet firm when he needs to be. He reminds me of a sage, a Zen master of the sea. Although this is my first time as a commercial fisherman, he accepts for who I am.
    While the sailors continue to celebrate, the captain retreats into his meditation. I observe him closely;
    He stands alone outside the cabin, detached and unfettered. He takes a cigarette and a small match-box from his coat pocket. With one swift flick of the wrist he strikes the match and begins to light his cigarette. He cups his hands gently over the end of it, minding the hot tip yet preventing the wind from extinguishing it. Soon the thick puffs of smoke envelop his aged face and hands, nearly shrouding him for a moment. It soon lets up, taking to a slight gust of wind gently flowing by. Then the moon peeks out from the dark evening clouds. I catch a small glimpse of something, a bright wedding ring snugged tightly on his left hand. I then considered the captain’s love-life. Has he a wife? Does he miss her? Or is this ring just a memento of a past wife he has lost? I felt sorry for him. But I knew he felt completely different. He blew the smoke into rings, a fun habit of his. As the moon shines brilliantly down on him, I could now see his entire outline completely. I could see the worn patches of his sweater, the intricate design of leaves embedded into his leather cap, the glistening stubbles of his beard resembled snowflakes. His gentle eyes reflecting the moon and the water, he knew that this pleasant calmness was not to last very long.

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