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Concetta likens water with creativity at several levels. Here’re some practical tips for creative writing. An exclusive for Different Truths.

As the American author Stephen King says, “Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So, drink. Drink and be filled up.”

The crux of my idea is that there is a connection between water and creativity.  Water flows; rarely, can it be tamed. Creativity is the same way; it also flows. If you are a writer, words flow from your pen to the page. If you are an artist, paint flows from your brush to the canvas. When a musician plays, sounds are eminent from their hands or mouths to the plethora of instruments that send a composer’s work out into the air. Whatever form your creativity takes, it is an adventure. Each involves emotions, experiences, how they affect our lives, and the visions around us.

I compare water with creativity because both have a connection to nature.

I compare water with creativity because both have a connection to nature. Nature isn’t just  scenery;  it lives and breathes the same way creativity does. As vessels of indescribable beauty, ask yourself this question, “How does water taste?”

Think about this question. When it comes to the sense of taste, there are only four possibilities: sweet, sour, salty, or bitter. Was your answer one of these four choices? Water’s taste is so unique that there is no adequate adjective to describe it. We are forced by the question to think outside the box. Creativity is the same. Like nature and water, in particular, creativity is a bundle of resources that ebb and flow as water and nature do; we just have to  remember.

One of water’s most striking characteristics is its transparency.

One of water’s most striking characteristics is its transparency. Just as clarity is the foremost measure of quality in a jewel, there is something magical about clear water.

The virtue that nature, water, and creativity have in common is clarity or transparency. As you read the following, see if you can call up an image of the clearest water. Imagine that every water molecule in your body (and it’s about two-thirds of what you are) contains the virtue of clarity – it’s already in you. 

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When you write, play music, or paint, each creative form must be clear. Words move, sometimes going everywhere on the page yet, ultimately, composing a clear story, poem, or narrative. Art paints a picture through so many different mediums but, in the end, expresses the vision of the artist; one that has nothing to hide. Notes can be helter-skelter ultimately, forming a beautiful composition for the ear to hear.

“Water, Creativity, and Meaning makes an insightful contribution to current understanding of human-environmental relationships….”

An example of my idea is “Water, Creativity and Meaning: multidisciplinary studies of the human-water relationships.” (Edited by Liz Roberts and Katherine Phillips, 2020). From the Forward of the book, Veronica Strang, University of Durham, UK, writes,

“Water, Creativity, and Meaning makes an insightful contribution to current understanding of human-environmental relationships. Centering on creative practices, it explores the intimate and interconnected engagements with water that people experience and embody at a personal and local level, showing how these generate important memories and meanings; enable the composition of individual and community identities; and encourage deep and affective relations with place.”

Another example of water and creativity is “ Making Waves:  artists and writers tell stories, explore different sides of water through their creativity.” The  “Making Waves”  initiative was a project funded by  Making Waves,  the College of Liberal Arts and Science, and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence. If you lived in Grand Valley, chances are you took one of Rapid transit. 

Among the promotional placards lining the interior Rapid buses that cater to the Rapid Valley community were pieces with artist water scenes…

Among the promotional placards lining the interior Rapid buses that cater to the Rapid Valley community were pieces with artist water scenes and prominent titles such as “Fish are Jumping” and “Summers with Martha.”

Contained within each is an excerpt from a poem about water, part of the project,  “Poetry on the Grand,”  to help promote the beginning stages of the  “Making Waves.”  Initiative.

Placed in a sea of advertising materials conveying straightforward information, the pieces designed by Vinicius Lima, associate Professor of graphic design, instantly invited reflection, and contemplation.

That effect is exactly what the creative works tied to the  “Making Waves”  initiative are meant to evoke, according to GVSU (Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI) artists and writers. The creations help convey the imperatives of “ Making Waves”  by promoting deeper thought or feelings about issues surrounding water, thereby complementing the scientific and data-driven aspects of the initiative. (Peg West, GVNet, 2020).

This initiative is a true collaboration among artists, poets, and the educational community.

This initiative is a true collaboration among artists, poets, and the educational community. It shows the extent certain communities come together to address an environmental problem. Patricia Clark, recently retired professor of writing, the one-time poet laureate of Grand Rapids and former GVSU poet-in-residence, said, “It’s critical for poets to address the tough parts of any issue, including water, which takes on added significance because it surrounds us, and is so basic to our Everyday living.” 

While a gifted poet can remind us of water’s beauty, Clark said those words are equally important to address threats to this life force. That tension is evident in her poem “Wrack Line,” which is posted on the  “Magic Waves ” initiative’s website in both written form and in a video collaboration with Kirsten Strom, professor of art history, with Clark reading her own work. Her poem can be heard; hear:  https://youtu.be/hg1Alo6XkLo

Whether you agree with this comparison or not, there is a strong connection between water and creativity that is unquestionable.

Whether you agree with this comparison or not, there is a strong connection between water and creativity that is unquestionable. Both are pure. Both have nothing to hide. One of the first lines from  Song of Myself  by Walt Whitman is, “And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

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What Water Has to Do With Your Creativity

Have you ever thought deeply about water?

Posted July 9, 2020

It’s ubiquitous, keeps us alive, comes in many forms, has an infinite variety of expression, and its strength can alter the very landscape. We can swim in it, spray it, and drink it. It’s the last one that we want to explore today.

How would you describe the taste of water?

Before you read on, pause and take a moment to really answer this question. Jot your descriptions on a piece of scrap paper or the back of a napkin.

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Describe the Taste of Water

So, what did you write?

I often receive responses like these:

Water tastes like pure nature.

Water tastes like smooth liquid.

Water tastes like calm.

These don’t really describe taste, do they? Food scientists say that there are only four words for taste: sweet, salty, bitter, sour. None of these apply to water.

Water and Creativity

Water’s taste is so unique that there are no accurate adjectives and we have to think abstractly to describe it. We have to use metaphor, emotions, comparisons. We are forced by the question itself to think differently.

Which is why water and creativity are alike in so many ways. Not only does describing water force us to think creatively, the nature of water is similar to the nature of creativity: it’s ubiquitous, keeps us alive, comes in many forms, has an infinite variety of expression, and its strength can alter the very landscape.

The taste of water is difficult to describe, but its basic definition is banal: a clear, colorless, nearly odorless, and tasteless liquid.

Creativity is similar. It’s difficult to define it in all its forms and depth, but its basic definition is fairly straightforward: thinking differently to come up with novel or meaningful ideas.

Water is both exquisite, like the ocean, and utilitarian, like flushing the toilet. Just because it’s one, doesn’t mean it’s not the other.

Same with creativity. It is most obvious when we talk about DaVinci, Monet, and Picasso, yet we each use it daily to get out of jams.

Water and creativity also share a relationship to change. Water is amorphous, always adapting to the environment —from calm and placid to churning waves, and from the liquid in your faucet to solid in your ice cube tray.

“Create” and “change” are two six-letter words that start with “c” and that can both mean “to transform.” They are inextricably linked in a continuous, spiraling cycle. Change causes creativity, which causes further change. As either one speeds up, they both speed up. They cannot be separated and they cannot stop.

Thank you to David Eyman, creativity professor in the entrepreneurship program at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business, for inspiring this post.

This article originally appeared on Sparkitivity.com. Copyright Sparkitivity, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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More Than 400 Water Words: A Word List for Writers

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The more senses you stimulate in your writing, the more you engage readers. Try intensifying narrative with water.

We all know what water feels like: wet. However, it can also feel cold, hot, or slimy. It can roil like an angry spirit, hiss as though it were a venomous viper, or lie smooth and serene on a sunny day.

Along with weather, water can set a mood. The word suggestions in this post comprise three sections: Adjectives, Verbs , and Nouns . You can form verbs from many of the nouns and vice versa, or create adjectives by adding -ing to many of the verbs.

Let’s consider burble — used once as a noun, next as a verb, and finally as an adjective — in three simple sentences:

The burble of the brook woke her from a deep slumber.

The brook burbled , waking her from a deep slumber.

The burbling brook woke her from a deep slumber.

Now let’s get more creative. Which of the following do you prefer?

The boys walked home from school. By the time they got there, their boots were all wet.

The boys meandered home from school, splooshing in every puddle they discovered, until their boots filled with muck.

The second example, just a few words longer, paints a picture. Can you see the boys covered with muddy water and soaked to the skin?

Drill through the following lists of water words for ideas to make your writing sparkle.

A and B abysmal, aerated, angry , aquatic, Arctic, ashore, bitter, blistering, bottomless, bracing, brackish, briny, bubbly

C calm, carbonated, chaotic, choppy, chilly, clamorous, clear, cloudy, coastal, coastward, cold, cool, contaminated, crossable, crystal-clear

D to F dangerous, deep, deep-sea, downriver, dirty, drizzly, effervescent, feral, fetid, filthy, fizzy, fluvial, foamy, foul, freezing, fresh, frothy

G to L glacial, glassy, gloomy, hazardous, heavy, high, hostile, hot, icy, inshore, landward, littoral, low, lukewarm

M and N marine, maritime, menacing, mirror-like, moist, mucky, muddy, murky, nautical, naval, navigable, noisy

O to R oceangoing, oceanic, offshore, ominous, opaque, passable, peaceful, perilous, placid, polar, polluted, prismatic, pure, quiet, rainy, reflective, refreshing, relaxing, rough

S saline, saltwater, salty, seafaring, seagoing, seaside, seaworthy, serene, shallow, shiny, showery, slick, slimy, sloppy, sluggish, smooth, stagnant, still, stormy, sudsy, swollen

T tainted, tepid, thick, tidal, temperate, tempestuous, torpid, torrential, tranquil, tropical, turbulent

U to W undisturbed, untainted, untamed, upriver, violent, viscous, warm, wavy, wet, wholesome, wild, wintry

B and C baptize, bathe, bedew, besprinkle, boil, break, buckle, burble, burst, churn, clap, course, crash, creep, curve

D and E dabble, dampen, dilute, douse, drench, drill, drive, drown, drum, duck, dump, dunk, ebb, engulf, erupt, explode, exude

F to I flush, freeze, glitter, gurgle, gush, heave, hiss, hose, humidify, immerse, inch, irrigate

L to O lap, lade, launder, lave, leap, marinate, meander, melt, moisten, moisturize, ooze, overrun

P to R penetrate, percolate, permeate, perspire, plunge, pound, pour, rise, roar, roil, roll, run, rush

S sail, saturate, scald, seep, seethe, shimmer, shoot, sizzle, slabber, slap, slaver, slobber, slop, slosh, smother, snake, soak, sog, sop, souse, sparkle, spill, spin, spit, sploosh, splosh, spout, spray, spread, sprinkle, spurt, squirt, stain, stir, steam, steep, streak, submerge, submerse, suffuse, swab, sweat, sweep, swell, swim, swirl, swish

T to W thin, thread, threaten, topple, tickle, tug, tumble, twist, twizzle, undulate, wander, wash, waterlog, weep, wet, whip, whirl, wind

A and B aqueduct, arroyo, basin, bath, bay, bayou, beach, bead, beck, bog, bottleneck, bowl, brook, bubble

C canal, cascade, channel, clamminess, coast, coastline, closeness, condensation, conduit, cove, creek, current

D dam, dampness, dankness, deluge, depression, dip, discharge, ditch, dew, drib, dribble, drip, drizzle, drop, droplet, duct, dyke

E to G eddy, estuary, everglade, fen, firth, flood, floodplain, flow, flux, foam, fog, froth, globule, gulf, gully, gutter

H to M harbor, hollow, humidity, inlet, jet, key, ladle, lake, leak, liquid, logjam, lowland, maelstrom, marsh, marshland, mist, moisture

O and P ocean, outlet, overflow, passage, pearl, peat bog, percolation, precipitation, pool, puddle

Q and R quagmire, rain, raindrops, rainwater, reservoir, rinse, ripple, river, rivulet

S sea, seawall, shore, shoreline, shower, sleet, sluice, sogginess, splash, splatter, strait, stream, surf, swamp

T to V tank, tears, tide, torrent, trench, trickle, trough, tub, undercurrent, undulation, vessel, vortex

W wake, watercourse, watershed, waterspout, water table, waterway, waterworks, wave, well, wetlands, wetness, whirlpool

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I love that you do these lists! I’m going to have to take a closer look some evening.

Thanks, David. I enjoy doing them. Do you have any favorites you’d like me to tackle? Next week is sat .

I have two in mind, which could go great with this list of water words: sailing and ports. I’m mostly interested in words that fit the 1800s, but perhaps that’s asking for too much 😀

I have sail but not port–good suggestion.

Hmm, 1800s.

EtymOnline might be a good place to check. They provide the origins of words and sometimes give synonyms appropriate to a specific period.

Thank you. I’m sure these will com in handy.

Thanks, Tess. I enjoyed doing it.

Next week will be 99 Ways to Say “Laughed” or “Smiled”.

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When I got a job in college at the school library, I was in heaven. I had the esteemed pleasure of going through all the old and new books, taking in that musty book smell, and being connected to the millions of books we had in circulation. Not everybody nerds out as much as me about books, but these free  creative writing prompts  can help you to determine your connection to great literature (or trashy other stuff). Your experiences with books early on can help to shape your lives, and a book that you read now may stay with you for the rest of your time here. Hopefully these prompts can help you utilize some of your book-related experiences. Enjoy!  Free Creative Writing Prompts: Books

1. What is your favorite (or a few of your favorites) book and why? How many times have you read it and how does it make you feel when you flip through the pages? What would you tell someone when you're recommending this book to them?

2. What is your least favorite book? Why are you so turned off by it and how would you rail against it if a friend told you he was reading it? Now imagine that you are forced to watch a movie version of the book. Describe your experience.

3. Do you remember the first book that either you read or your parents read to you? Write a story comparing the reading of this first book to you versus you reading it to your child as his or her first book.

4. A friend has recommended that you read a book that he says is "completely amazing." The book is anything but. What do you tell your friend and does this change your opinion about his taste?

5. Talk about the book that you had the hardest time getting through in school (Faulkner for me! :)). Why do you think you had such a hard time and how did you do on any subsequent tests? How did you learn enough to get by with it?

6. You have been transported into one of your favorite books as a character of your choosing. Who are you, what book is it, and what happens during your adventures? Go into extreme detail.

7. Sometimes, a friend, a parent, or a loved one just needs to take a few pieces of advice and their lives will begin to fall into place, you just know it. Take 5 people you know who need to stop being stubborn about certain things and pair each of them up with a different book. They read them and learn the lesson. What happens to them?

8. You have been given the chance to adapt a book of your choosing to the big screen! How do you go about making this book fit the typical 2 hour run time without losing any of your beloved or important elements?

9. What is your favorite place to read? Talk about why it is such a perfect spot and give a detailed account of one of your reading sessions including the book that you'd be most likely to read.

10. You are in a book club meeting! Talk about the various people that would be in a book club of yours and what book you might be reading. Even if this has never happened, make up your dream book club or the book club from hell.  I thoroughly suggest making reading a part of your life and a part of the lives of your family members. I currently tutor a few students in English and Reading and a household where reading is a priority can make a huge different. I hope that these free creative writing prompts about books can help you to agree with that. Happy writing!  Bonus Prompt  - You are writing the book of your dreams. How does it make you feel and what do you think has held you back for so long from getting it completed? 

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Unusual photos can inspire imaginative writing. Your children will enjoy these five wet and wild writing prompts about water. Each one invites them to write magical, whimsical, or adventurous stories that take place in or near the water.

What are you waiting for? Grab the kids and dive right in!

1. Air Snorkeling

As you walk along the beach, an old snorkeling mask washes ashore. When you put it on, you discover you are able to swim through the air ! Where will you go? What will you see? Describe one of your adventures.

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2. Magic Waters

Is this waterfall magic? Does the water contain special properties? What happens when someone touches or drinks the water? Write a fantasy story or fairy tale that is set in this surreal place.

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3. Jet Ski Jeopardy

Who is this man? What’s happening to him? Where is he going? What emotions is he feeling? Write a paragraph describing his experience, using five or more strong action verbs and at least two emotion words.

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4. Hamster Adrift

What is this creature’s story? Was it shipwrecked? Accidentally tossed overboard? Is it a beloved pet who got stranded during a flood? Or is it simply out for an excursion in a tin-can boat? Write a tale of adventure that tells about this picture. Make sure your story explains  who, what, when, where, why,  and  how.

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Water – it is the lifeblood of our planet and a true miracle of nature. As such, it’s important that we take time to appreciate every aspect of this vital element: its beauty, power, and poignancy. Words can be used to vividly describe all these qualities and help us express just how wonderful water truly is. From gentle ripples to raging rapids, this post will give you an expansive list of adjectives for water that are sure to capture your admiration!

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Here are Some Useful Words to describe Water with Meanings;

  • Clear – transparent, colorless liquid
  • Refreshing – cooling and satisfying
  • Pure – free from impurities
  • Essential – necessary for life
  • Cleansing – purifying and detoxifying
  • Versatile – adaptable for various purposes
  • Revitalizing – energizing and invigorating
  • Soft – gentle and smooth
  • Aquatic – relating to water
  • Life-giving – sustaining living organisms
  • Abundant – plentiful and ample
  • Crystal-clear – perfectly clear and transparent
  • Still – motionless and calm
  • Hydrating – replenishing water content
  • Reflective – capable of reflecting light
  • Chilled – cooled to a low temperature
  • Invigorating – giving strength and energy
  • Quenching – satisfying thirst
  • Elastic – capable of being stretched
  • Tranquil – calm and peaceful

Water Description Words

Here are Water Description words with Meanings in English;

  • Expansive – having the ability to expand
  • Neutral – neither acidic nor alkaline
  • Flowing – in motion and moving
  • Euphoric – producing a feeling of happiness
  • Endless – infinite and limitless
  • Dynamic – constantly changing and moving
  • Rhythmic – having a regular beat or pattern
  • Transparent – see-through and clear
  • Pristine – pure and unspoiled
  • Vitalizing – giving vitality and energy
  • Melodic – having a pleasant sound
  • Restorative – capable of restoring health or strength
  • Plentiful – abundant and ample
  • Majestic – grand and magnificent
  • Refreshing – rejuvenating and revitalizing
  • Hypnotic – producing a trance-like state
  • Malleable – capable of being shaped
  • Harmonious – pleasing and well-balanced
  • Soothing – calming and relaxing
  • Essence of Life – fundamental to existence

Adjectives for Water

Here is a Huge List of Adjectives that are used for Water:

  • Invigorating
  • Mineral-rich
  • Transparent
  • Fast-moving
  • Slow-moving
  • Smooth-flowing
  • Chlorinated

Adjectives For Drinking Water:

  • Replenishing
  • Restorative

Adjectives For Waterfall:

  • Breathtaking
  • Spectacular
  • Mesmerizing
  • Magnificent
  • Picturesque
  • Exhilarating
  • Awe-inspiring

Adjectives For Sea:

  • Tempestuous
  • Fascinating
  • Ever-changing

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Ways to Describe Water in Writing

Here are 20 amazing ways to describe Water in Creative Writing:

  • The crystal-clear liquid flowed gracefully.
  • Cold and refreshing , it quenched my thirst.
  • It danced, sparkling under the sunlight.
  • Gentle ripples adorned the tranquil surface.
  • An invigorating splash revitalized my senses.
  • Raindrops pattered, soft, and nourishing .
  • Silvery waves lapped at the shore.
  • Murmuring streams wound through the forest.
  • Icy droplets fell from the sky.
  • The limpid pool beckoned invitingly.
  • A glistening cascade tumbled over rocks.
  • Misty vapors rose from the surface.
  • Turbulent waters roared down the river.
  • A shimmering veil veiled the waterfall.
  • Rippling reflections danced in the moonlight.
  • Prismatic hues arced in the droplets.
  • A placid pond mirrored the surroundings.
  • Tender dewdrops adorned the morning grass.
  • Babbling brooks whispered soothing melodies.
  • The lucent lake gleamed under the stars.

Powerful Water Words:

  • Cataclysmic
  • Overflowing

Beautiful Words Describing Water:

  • Luminescent
  • Crystal clear
  • Translucent
  • Scintillating
  • Effervescent

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Cold water seeps into my shoes, stealing the heat from my soles just as fast as the wind steals from my face. My face is soaked, the drops coming together to run into my eyes and drip from my chin. My heat has run to my core to shelter and hoard the warmth that remains. For this long road, in this wintry storm, the frigid downpour and the icy puddles are my nemesis.
Cold water is the most efficient thief of heat I know. It takes what it does not need. The river at my feet will be just as icy when I have crosses as before, yet my blood will be almost frozen in my veins. Before even a boot is submerged, my skin is rough with goosebumps, pointless as they are. The water surges around my skin, rising up my leg on one side, making tiny eddies on the other. The weight of the water is almost enough to topple me, the current enough to take me far down stream. What worries me more is that at this low temperature my muscles will simply give up. Crossing in such cold water is a compromise: fast enough not become hypothermic and steady enough not to fall.
Drinking cold water in this heat feels like the greatest luxury on earth. The ice falls against the glass, my fingers sliding on the condensation before my fingers regain their grip. I feel the chill run down my esophagus and my head makes an involuntary shake. A numbness creeps into my brain the way it did when I was a kid drinking too much slurpee too fast. It's the reverse of the winter time, when all I want is the feel the heat of good coffee come through a thick clay mug. When the glass is drained I take the ice between my molars and bite hard, feeling it melt into cold pools on my palate.
The thin ice on top of the puddles cracks under boot and the loamy scent of the air is gone. Old man winter has robbed the woods of its usual charm and replaced it with a barren beauty. The path halts at a river, each side lined with denuded trees. Their branches are whitened by last nights snowfall and reach starkly against the blue-white skyline. Frigid water tumbles over the rocky bed, briefly turning white. I train my eyes right and left for a bridge, there is none...
The leaves turned golden weeks ago and still we go to the outdoor pool. There is no getting in slowly. The only way is to dive in and let the cold water surround you all at once, hoping the heat from your muscles will be enough to keep the shivering at bay. The chlorinated soup is cold enough to make my lips blue even with non-stop front crawl. I pull myself onto the side, limbs shaking. The season for swimming with the sun on my face is over.
The water is so cold Maddison screams. She knew it was coming, she asked to be hosed down. Once the shock wears off she'll smile. The slight breeze on wet clothes is the finest way to cool outside. She stands in a puddle, dripping on the patio that must feel hot to her bare feet. In just a second her face lights up, her teeth flashing white in the sun. Cold water is the only antidote she needs to high August heat, works like magic every time.
James drinks the cold water like its going out of style. His gulps are so large the noise is more a seal swallowing a fish. When he finishes he simply holds out the glass for a refill, wetness playing on his lips for the first time in hours.
Cold water runs down Greg's arm, almost freezing as it goes. His beard is no longer brown but white with ice-crystals, as are his eyebrows. The frozen wasteland has imparted a faux-aging that suits him. I shan't tell him though. Since he gave me the only jacket suitable for subzero conditions I'm the only one comfortable enough to have such frivolous thoughts.
The ice breaks beneath my boots: cold water, no breath, pain. The sunlight that was so strong just seconds ago is a blur. My arms flail against the icy water that steals heat from every part of my skin. My head hits ice. Bubbles brush my cheek. One hand finds the gap, shooting into the wintry air. I sink just a little before asking my body for one final push for the light. A hand clasps mine and seconds later my body is shaking so violently on the ice that I cannot form a coherent thought. My lungs drink in the air in noisy rasps and again the hands come, urgent voices, instructions...
When the faucet finally gives way the old copper pipes start to sing - a chorus from the crumbling brick an plaster. The water doesn't flow, but splutters, spitting it out in chaotic bursts. Adam reaches forward only to retract his hand even faster. It isn't simply cold water, it's orange and dirt flecked. Somewhere down the line is an iron pipe. He glanced over his shoulder at Chloe who gave a brief nod, face stoic, before bending to drink.
The rain that falls this November is so different from the months we've just had. Before the drops were so ambient, all they brought was wetness. The blessings from the clouds alight on my skin with the coldness of the season ahead. There is a point where the autumn takes on more of a wintry feel and for me this is it. The summery half is spent. I tilt my head to the graphite sky and let the cold water cover my skin. Pushing back winter is as pointless as wishing the tide not rise up sands on a summers day.

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Illustrations that are unique The waterfall was magnificent and Mediterranean-blue. It was enthusiastically swishing across the rocks. It was crashing down into the pool like a massive water spout . It foamed at the bottom of the ecstasy-pool when it fell into it.

Creative writing exercises for college students The waterfall was one of my favorite illustrations by Edward Hopper . I love how it makes you feel as if you're part of the action even though you're looking at it from far away. This painting is full of mystery and excitement. You can almost hear the roar of the water.

Descriptive writing The waterfall is an attractive image that captures the imagination. It is powerful because it makes us want to go to where the water falls. It is majestic because it is large and looks impressive from a distance. It is soothing because we can see blue waters below the fall.

Writing about art: Creative writing exercises for college students An illustration such as this is called transitive. This means that it shows several things at once - the scene behind the waterfall, the reflection of trees in the pool, and the pattern on the rock face. All these things attract our attention because they are interesting or unusual. The artist has chosen not to show any people in the picture so we don't know who is involved in the drama beyond what can be guessed from the position of the body.

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Explain waterfalls.

  • The waterfall was aquarium-blue.
  • It was drizzling onto the rocks.
  • The larger waterfall was pounding the rocks.
  • It tumbled down the mountain.
  • The bliss-pool at the bottom was varnish clear.
  • It looked like a wall of blue satin threaded with silver.
  • The flowers next to it were nodding gently.

Waterfalls represent the process of letting go, cleansing, and the ongoing flow of energy and life. They are found everywhere in nature, especially near water. Waterfalls are used in magic to release negative energies , to bring about change, and to celebrate success.

In religion, mythology, and folklore, water is often associated with death, as it was for Moses when he saw the burning bush that gave him hope after his ordeal in the desert. The god Apollo is said to have killed the dragon Python under which there bubbled a river full of eggs that would have made him immortal.

The ancients believed that diamonds were formed when the blood of a deity mixed with earth's mud springs. These days scientists believe that diamonds form deep within the mantle of the planet, where the heat and pressure cause carbon atoms to bond together into molecules called graphite, which is what makes up the majority of the planet Earth. But once in a while they are exposed at high altitude, where the cold temperatures cause the gas bubbles inside the rock to expand, causing the diamond to crack and shatter. The pieces of glass remain solid but with no stable structure, so they fall back down to form another piece of the diamond.

Waterfalls also symbolise unharnessed elemental motion , the force-fields that one must master and manage for spiritual gain, similar to Tantrism. The waterfall is often regarded as a sign of form persistence despite change in substance. It also represents water, which according to traditional Chinese medicine has vital functions in our bodies that cannot be replaced by science. Without water we would die within hours. Its ability to dissolve solid matter while remaining fluid itself is a perfect representation of life.

In mythology, waterfalls were often associated with death, especially if the water was very deep or cold. The Greek god Zeus used this as an excuse to throw his jealous wife , Hera, into a waterfall every time she asked him for a child. She eventually gave birth to Ares, who became one of her attendants .

But the connection between water and death is much deeper than that. Water is destructive yet essential to life. It not only cleanses us from physical impurities but also helps us release emotional baggage that can block our soul's growth.

People around water have always felt a connection with it. In ancient Greece, people made sacrifices at riverbanks to appease the gods who had put them in charge of such areas. Today, many religions have their own specific symbols for water, like Jesus Christ's cross or Buddha's lotus flower.

Drawing a Waterfall: Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Begin by drawing a long, curved line resembling a backwards letter “L.” This line forms one of the rock faces from which your waterfall flows.
  • Draw a short, curved line extending from the top of the rock face.
  • Add the detail and texture of flowing water to the waterfall.

In descriptive writing, the writer describes a person, location, or thing in such a manner that the reader can see the object. An excellent waterfall description allows the reader to envision herself experiencing the cascade as she reads. The writer should use sensory language to bring the scene to life for the reader. For example, instead of saying "The river was red" the writer could say "Red leaves and debris drifted down the river after it had been flooded by an upstream rainstorm."

Waterfall writing is used in articles when you want to bring clarity and excitement to your readers. It's especially useful in descriptions of places and things because you don't want to simply list their features but rather tell a story that brings them to life for the reader.

For example, suppose I wanted to write an article on rivers for my school's newspaper. I might start with a general description of what makes a good river before moving on to discuss specific characteristics of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. I would probably begin with words that show how much I enjoy waterfalls and describe the scene before me- the roaring rapids, the mist that rises when the river is flooded, the bright colors of the leaves that drift past its banks . Then I would move on to talk about how important these features are in determining if a river is healthy or not.

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  12. Creative Writing and the Water Cycle

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    Photo writing prompts about water for homeschoolers. Unusual photos can inspire imaginative writing. Your children will enjoy these five wet and wild writing prompts about water. Each one invites them to write magical, whimsical, or adventurous stories that take place in or near the water. What are you waiting for? Grab the kids and dive right in!

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  24. 47th UCR Writers Week Festival 2024

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