Free Writing Courses Online - Class 7: Detail

This is Class 7 of CWN's fiction writing course. (If you're not signed up to take these free writing courses online,Click here to start with Class 1. It's free!)

Free Online Writing Courses - Class 7

Topic: Specific Detail

Hi, how's it going? Today's class is about using specific language and writing vivid description.

10-minute writing assignment - Do this after reading the lesson:

Your character enters a house he or she believes to be haunted. Write the scene as vividly as possible. Make it really scary. Paint a picture in your reader's mind. But don't use any adjectives or adverbs. Make your nouns and verbs do all the work!

Optional: When you're finished, write a second version of the scene, adding adjectives and adverbs where you think they will intensify the reader's experience.

Today's reading - After completing the reading, return here to do the 10-minute writing assignment:

Control Your Reader's Imagination with Powerful Descriptions.


  1. First, fill out the Progress Checklist, and come back to this page when you're finished.
  2. Next, complete today's reading, and come back to this page.
  3. After you've done the reading, do the 10-minute writing assignment. To review the guidelines for 10-minute writing, click here.
  4. When you've finished, fill out a Goals Worksheet. The goals you set on this worksheet will be your homework for the next class.
  5. After filling out the Writing Goals worksheet, write down the date and time for Class 8 on your calendar.

Good job!

Links for Free Writing Classes

Online Writing Course - Class 8: Reading and Writing

Goals Worksheet

Progress Checklist

Orientation Guide for CWN Free Online Writing Courses

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