Creative Essays: Voice (Detail, Imagery)

Daily Prompt #10: Hypothetical Situations

You are told you have only one more day to live.

What do you do?

Write your response as a narrative. Use first person point of view and describe the day, rather than simply listing what you’d wish for. Use dialogue if you want.

Write for five minutes.

By now, you all hopefully have your topic for your creative essay, as well as a working rough draft.

Let’s work on ways to incorporate more detail and imagery now. You may not use everything you write today in your final draft, but even one additional sentence full of imagery can enrich your piece.


Consider the setting or main character of your essay.

Take ten minutes and describe one of these in great depth, including the five senses (see, hear, taste, touch, smell).

Be prepared to share.


Now, take that same focus from the last exercise and think of some figurative ways of describing it. Examples include: personification, metaphor, and similes.

Take five minutes.

Be prepared to share.


Spend the remainder of the hour reading your rough draft again and finding creative ways to incorporate some of the imagery you developed today.