Most of us have read at least the covers of the newspaper tabloids that typically appear near the checkout counters of grocery stores. You know the ones we mean—they look like newspapers, but carry fantastic and nutty stories about space aliens and imaginative scientific discoveries. Maybe you’ve chuckled at the ridiculous headlines that often appear: “Mother Gives Birth to Gorilla Baby!” “Elvis Makes Regular Visits to Orlando Retirement Community!”
This assignment is an experiment in descriptive writing. Understand that description rarely stands alone in literature; it is normally woven into the fabric of a story or larger work. Your assignment, however, is to avoid story-telling and focus on description alone. Paint a picture using words. Of course your “painting” can appeal to more than just the sense of sight. You can make your reader hear, feel, smell, even taste your subject as well.