We are discussing our written assignments--turning our sensory snapshots into 350-word pieces that convey a particular emotion. Each writer is reading his or her work aloud, and Arthur is identifying the emotion the language and imagery convey.
He's giving us good, concrete advice:
- Give us images that cut past sentiment (fresh, vivid ones);
- Keep the tone consistent;
- Make sure the language you choose supports the emotional target you're aiming for; and
- Observe things precisely to identify exactly the words you want to use.