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For the first month

This writing activity comes from There and Back (republished as The Baron's Apprenticeship) a novel by George MacDonald. It will help you develop your writing skills as well as your observation skills.

  • George MacDonaldEvery day at noon for 15 minutes, write down what you see going on in the world. (What are clouds doing? What are people doing? What are animals or birds doing? and so on.)
  • When you have completed the writing for a particular day, save it in a folder or a drawer.
  • At the end of the month, take out all the papers for the month and read them together. Compare the change in your ability to observe and to express what you have seen.

For the second month

  • Switch your observation and writing time to six o'clock in the evening and follow the same process for a month.

For the third month

  • Switch your observation and writing time to six o'clock in the morning and follow the same process for a month.

Continue your observation and writing process as long as you would like, occasionally comparing what you are currently writing to what you wrote at the beginning. Spending just a few minutes each day, you will, over time, see great improvement in your ability to observe and express what you have seen and what you have thought about it.

If you try this exercise, let us know how it goes.