Cure for Writer’s Block: Descriptive Acrostics

Writer’s Block – If you have never had it, you have never written. Real writers get writer’s block all the time. It really hurts and always seems to happen at the worst possible times.

But, there is a cure! Several actually, but I am only going to talk about one tonight. I call these descriptive acrostics.

The way it works is that you pick an object and describe it with words that start with the letters of the name of the object. Here is an example: I picked desk.

  • Dark – Actually only the top is dark. The legs are a lighter wood. It looks kind of nice. Speaking of…
  • Elegant – I never really cared much about the furniture looks, but I didn’t pick this desk. My wife did, and it looks quite nice.
  • Simple – It has a very simple design. Simple elegance. Who could ask for anything more.
  • Keeper – I thought about mentioning the fact that the shelf on the right is shaped like a “K” and then I thought about the fact that this desk is a keeper. As opposed to the desk it just replaced. I did have a steel and pressed wood desk that I am very proud I did not break the whole time I was using it. That was the only thing I was proud of about it, though.

And I could go on for quite a while talking about the desk now that my pen is wet, so to speak, but I won’t bother right now because that was enough to illustrate the technique. And the funny thing is that you can write about anything after you get your brain rolling. You just have to overcome the inertia.

So give it a try and let me know what you come up with. I love links in the comment section.

2 responses to “Cure for Writer’s Block: Descriptive Acrostics

  1. Descriptive acrostics…I like the name. It sounds like something my mechanic once told me when I brought my car in for an oil change, “You’re acrostics are shot….we’re gonna run a descriptive diagnostic on them…that be $2500”.

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