A couple of years ago, Mrs. Coquerille gave me a very unique hat. Here it is:
How would you describe this hat? Here are some of the words you came up with in the first round: weird, wacky, ugly, vibrant, colorful, orange and red and green, scary, red fins, green dots, flashy, polka dotted, childish, fishy, black dot on front, dog face, big eyes, unique, tacky.
It’s starting to wake up, but it’s not quite there yet. Look at the hat again. What do you really see? How would you describe the colors? What kind of hat is it? What do the fins and tail look like? What do the eyes remind you of? Dig deep to bring out those details that bring this hat to life.
Here are some of those details: two bulgy eyes as big as golf balls, googly eyes, banana yellow with grass green polka dots, a red horn sticks out in front like a giant pimple, red fins flap out the sides like ears or like rocket flaps, black lines edge the bill, crimson horn, deer in the head lights look, red drug free sticker on front, fire truck red floppy tail sticks out by velcro straps in back, black mouth open like about to eat a hot dog, thin, flaky fins.
Now that you have dug for details, describe a character–me–walking into a room wearing this hat. Leave your best description in the comments. Now go and dig for details in your memoirs.