This prewriting exercise is meant to help you start writing detailed descriptions. The subject you choose for this exercise does not need to be the same one that you will eventually revise into a final draft. For this exercise, you are asked to use your memory to draw back a living picture of a familiar place.
Open a word processing package, and then copy and paste to a new word processing file the instructions from here down to the bottom of the page. Put your name at the top of that new document.
Choose a place that you are familiar with, preferably one that you remember from five or ten years ago; perhaps the best for this exercise is the house you grew up in. Take a little time to take a tour through that place. If it helps, close your eyes. As the pictures appear in your imagination, type in detailed descriptions of them, using complete sentences.