Noses: Think Like a Writer

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Here’s another creative writing prompt for your 750 words, a challenge to write 750 words each day to better Think Like a Writer. Read more here.

You Can Tell a Lot About a Person by His/Her Nose

Yes, noses.

Writers of novels, short stories, picture books or other fiction must keep firmly in mind that the character rules.
You must be able to characterize quickly, whether your characters are wooden men or birds or airmen or teenage boys.

One thing I’ve noticed about people is that every single nose looks different. Shape, color, length, width, state of health–a nose is right in the middle of the face and well, you notice a nose.

Today, make a list of nose descriptions. Think like a writer and describe them with actions (twitching, turned up, etc.) and with the sensory details like I described on Day 1. Well. You probably don’t want to use a taste sense here. That’s OK. I bet you can tell the age of a person just from a description of his/her nose. Don’t give the age, just ask someone how old each nose is. What else can a nose tell you about a person? Their station in life, their income? Who knows (pun intended)?

If you run out of descriptions, flip through pictures and describe each person’s nose. Search Google Images for “famous noses.” Describe each one and see if friends can guess.

In fact, if you particularly like one of your descriptions, post it here and we’ll try to guess who it is!

Think Like a Writer and Nose Out a Character Today! Remember, I’m using 750words.org to keep track of how many days I’ve written, but you can do it on paper or on your computer.

Here are some images to get you started:















Please post a Nose Description below and let us guess who it is!


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