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I am currently laboring through a book--don't you hate when that happens? It's won buckets of awards, including the Pulitzer, and I was marooned on page 29 for many, many days. I still haven't hit page 200. When I confessed to this failure on Twitter, a woman I don't know (who is clearly more patient than I) told me it was one of the most amazing books she's ever read. I have been hanging my bookish head in shame ever since. I'm trying to persevere, but last night's detailed description of the hull of a fishing boat nearly did me in.
However, it did inspire today's writing prompt:
Write about a tedious and typical act--cleaning fish, for example--capturing the practical steps that shape the process. Describe how your character brushes their teeth, the way they spit into the sink. Take your reader through the full process, the smells and sounds of this act with which we're all familiar, but make it worth reading. Does the way she cleans the toilet reveal something about your character? Does the act itself help set the place or time? Can your language be precise yet evocative?