John Marsden Writing Topic #535

If one is stone cold, emotionally, and ten is over the top, try describing the same sequence of events several different times, taking a different number as your guide each time.**

 

1. Stone Cold

2. Cold

3. Cool

4. Warm/Worried

5. Stressed

6. Shocked

7. Serious Concern

8. Panic

9. Drama Queen

10. Over the Top

 

 

1.  A car blasted through two lanes of traffic and ran into a pole, I heard two people died, this made me late to work.

2. A car blasted through two lanes of traffic and ran into a pole, I heard two people died, oh well.

3. A car blasted through two lanes of traffic and ran into a pole, I heard two people died, how sad.

4. A car blasted through two lanes of traffic and ran into a pole, I heard two people died, that’s so sad, my thoughts and prayers are with their families.

5. A car blasted through two lanes of traffic and ran into a pole, I heard two people died, I can’t believe it! I’m late for work too, I don’t know what to do.

6. I can’t believe what I just saw, a car blasted through two lanes of traffic and ran into a pole like a bowling ball. I heard two people died, I can’t believe it, two lives ended just like that.

7. I can’t believe what I just saw, a car blasted through two lanes of traffic and ran into a pole, I hope everyone driving in the lanes are okay. I heard two people died, I hope their families were told straight away and that they are being looked after.

8. Oh my God! Oh my God! A car blasted through two lanes of traffic and ran into a pole! I couldn’t believe it! I called an ambulance, I saw two people in there, they needed help! Oh my God! I heard they died! What if I waited too long to call?

9. Oh my God! Oh my God! I saw a car blast through two lanes of traffic and run into a pole! I was nearly hit, I could have been hurt! I heard two people died, that could have been me! I can’t believe how close I was to dying today!

10. Oh my God! Oh my God! A car blasted through two lanes of traffic like an out-of-control rocket and ran into a pole like a bowling ball! I heard that the two people in the car died instantly, no way that they stood a chance! Such as horrible way to die, no loved ones, nothing.

 

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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