Imagine you’re standing on the edge of a lookout point, and a beautiful vista stretches out before you. This can be a location you’ve visited, or you can use your imagination and make up what you consider to be an “ideal” scene.
Once you have a good mental picture of this place, answer the following questions:
1. Describe what you see.
2. Use more of your senses. What is the temperature? Is there wind? What’s the wind like? What does the air smell like when you take a deep breath?
3. What is the coolest “feature” in the beautiful scene in front of you? Why do you like this feature the most?
4. Change one element of the scene. Maybe it starts to rain. Maybe you see something interesting or alarming down in the valley. Maybe instead of a wide river, there’s a lake or a town. Write down what you change.
5. How does making this change affect the rest of the scene? Does it alter the general “feel” of what you’re describing? Why or why not?