Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Exercise: Personification of Kitchen Appliances

Next time you need some practice, try this exercise on for size! Look around your home and choose four appliances. Let your mind be your guide, but here's a list if you just want to randomly choose:

Blender
Microwave
Toaster
Stand Mixer
Hand Mixer
Coffee Pot
Food Processor
Refrigerator
Freezer
Dishwasher
Stove
Teapot
Rice Cooker
Waffle Maker
Pasta Maker
Bread Maker
Toaster Oven
George Foreman Grill
Crock Pot/Slow Cooker
Once you've made your selections, write a poem or short story where you bring these four appliances to life. Not literally, figuratively. Use personification (giving human qualities to animals, inanimate objects, or ideas) to make describe these objects in a new way. Does your teapot whistle? Maybe your toaster spits out a bagel. The fire of your gas stove could hug pots and pans. It doesn't have to be complicated, but I ask you to challenge yourself! One final tip: avoid usual descriptions (like a teapot whistling). Your imagination is your only limitation!

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