Dr. John's Blackberry Jam is a regional festival with all kinds of music: rock, hip-hop, jazz, country, classical, gospel. People come from all over for this festival, and you are there with some friends.
Your friends have left you with their things while they go to get some Cokes. You've been looking at all the different people when you notice someone in particular, someone you don't know.
- What does this person look like? What kind of clothing is s/he wearing? About how old is s/he? What makes you think this?
- What kind of job do you think this person has?
- You walk over to say hello. Is s/he friendly? What does s/he say?
- This person isn't here alone. Who is with him/her? Describe the companion. Give both people’s names.
- They start to tell you about their trip to Dr. John's Blackberry Jam. What happened to them on the way? Was it funny? Frightening? Saddening? Did it give you more hope for the future?
As they finish their story, you see your friends coming back with your Coke. You say good-bye and rejoin your friends.
Write the story of this incident. Include descriptions of the people’s appearance as well as the story they tell.
What kind of person have you met? Friendly? Dishonest? Depressed? Devious? Honest?
Since this is a creative essay, why not have some fun? Let me give you some principles of good creative writing.
First, show; don't tell. This means that you don't simply want to say that a person came over and you talked for a while about the music. You want to show it. In other words, be as descriptive as possible. What was he wearing? Don't just say "blue jeans," either. You might write about his "blue jeans that were too big and faded as if his big brother wore them." Did he have an accent? Perhaps a lisp? When he smiled perhaps the gap between his two front teeth made him look friendly and unassuming. You get the picture.
Second, your questions are great; they will help you generate tons of ideas. I would make him a Mormon missionary who is there to hear the gospel music. As for his occupation, maybe he just finished at BYU and he majored in cultural anthropology and his passion is to study how gift exchanges work in the Trobriand Islands. As for his personality, he is extremely friendly. You can tell by his eyes and by his tendency to lean forward to hear you better. His body language is one that is attentive. Remember often body language tells you more than words.
In short, have fun with this essay.