Descriptive Writing Exercise – Sound/Hearing

In this section we’re going to cover sound. The actual sense is hearing, but it takes sound, or something making noise, for us to hear.


Sounds can be hard to convey in writing. We all know something can hit the floor with a thud or a squeaky hinge can make a screeching sound. But what else is there?


The sound of waves crashing against the shoreline, birds singing or chirping. Many of these tend to be overused, but sometimes there’s simply no easy way to describe sounds without using the old familiar stand-by words.

Exercise 1:

Write a scary scene describing the sounds someone might encounter when they’re scared, or running from something. Good backdrops are the woods or an old abandoned building.


Exercise 2:

Write a calm and peaceful scene describing the sounds someone might hear at the beach, or on the playground, or at a family reunion.



Dried leaves crunched underfoot as I made my way through the woods. It was hard to be quiet in a forest in late fall. In spring and summer you hear the chirps of birds, the occasional bark of a squirrel because you’ve disturbed him, and sometimes it’s simply the silence.

In fall, the squirrels are foraging through the dead, dried leaves to find nuts, the birds aren’t so cheerful. You know the sound of winter is coming on. The cold sound of nature sleeping, as if it’s barely alive, with slow, shallow breaths of hibernation. Fall is alive with the popping, snapping, chomping sounds one makes just by walking.


Descriptive words to consider using:

  • Bawling
  • Hissing
  • Rapping
  • Squawking
  • Whining
  • Muttering
  • Rustling

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Happy Writing!


Creative Writing Exercise – Alien Checkers

You’re abducted by aliens, but instead of poking and prodding you, they merely want to play a game of checkers.

  • Where did the aliens come from?
  • What is so intriguing to them about playing checkers?
  • Who else have they abducted?
  • What happens to those who can’t play checkers?
  • Describe their planet or space ship.
  • Do the aliens play fair or do they cheat?


Happy Writing!

Creative Writing Exercise – Fishing Bear

This could be a good description piece.
A bear keeps trying to catch a fish in the stream. The fish swims off a few feet, turns around and laughs at the bear.

This happens several times.

The bear gets angry at first, but after 3 or 4 times he gets his feelings hurt and questions his ability to provide food.

Try two approaches with this one.

First, write it as a comedy. Add in some silly antics of the bear and the fish.

Second, write it as an emotional piece while describing the poor bear’s despair.

  • How does it turn out?
  • Will the fish sacrifice himself for the bear in the end, or help him to catch other fish?

Happy Writing!