What are some tips to write an essay about sitting outside in my garden and admiring nature?

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brandyhwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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Essentially, writing is about the emotions and memories that come to you when you think about a topic. To that end, it could be beneficial to go to a place of zen, while you sit in your garden, and clear your mind. This can be done by practicing a method that Gretchen Bernabei coined in her educating practice. What you will do is, as you sit in the garden, think about a memory that the scenery invokes. This memory can be from a smell in the garden that causes you to think back to a specific time. The scenery can also be reminiscent of something you've done in the past. However, if a memory is not coming to mind, create a story based on one element of the garden. Next, you will write only simple sentences, with very little details. Each of the sentences will be specific and follow the pattern below.

In thinking about the memory or new creation, answer the following questions to begin your essay:

- Where were you?

- What were your feet doing, what were your eyes seeing, and what were you thinking in the very moment this memory or imaginative scene began?

- What happened next?

- How did the memory wrap up, and/or, what was the final moment in this occurrence?

- What was your overall impression of the moment? What did you think or consider?

After you have answered these questions, and allowed nature to be your muse, go back and flesh out each question. You should include vivid details that are inspired by the freedom of nature. Likewise, if you choose to create an imaginative story, it may be helpful to base each question on a specific thing in the garden. Below, I have written two simple sentences that would answer the first two questions, to give you an idea of this process. I based my sentences on sitting in a rose garden, which I have, and used a rose petal as my inspiration.

- Where were you:

I was waiting for my husband at the Botantical Gardens.

What were your feet doing, what we're your eyes seeing, and what were you thinking in the very moment this memory or imaginative scene began?

I was standing still, with my eyes fixated on a the dew that was captured by a rose petal. I remembered the first rose my husband gave me.

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user2969879 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Definitely some meditation required...So much more feeling than thinking, just be seriously descriptive..."the dewdrop sparkled like a gemstone in the early morning sun..."

like Brandy said, compare to things people can relate to, and know about, not like " the waterfall gushed like that Indonesian mud avalanche back in '97'"

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oneteach | eNotes Newbie

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First you are going to  narrow your  topic

What specifically about nature do you admire?

Then you will focus on that specific aspect: the trees, the animals, the people the mountains, the sky etc.

You will use Sensory Details- what you see, hear, feel, smell and taste.

To introduce the topic get the reader's attention with a question, an experience or memory, a riddle, etc. 

Use sensory descriptive word that helps the reader see what you see,hear what you hear, smell what you smell and so on. 

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