1. Magic 3:
Repeat something 3 times for effect:
"I love playing hide-and-seek with my friends in our woods, jumping rope on the school playground, and swinging on the old tire at Grandma's."
2. Figurative Language
Use similes and metaphors for emphasis:
" My hair is like peach fuzz."
3. Specific Details for Effect:
"My boyfriend sits in the second row from the left, third seat, in front of Claudia and behind Milton."
4. Repetition for Effect:
"My dentist always asks the same questions: how old are "we" now, how are "we" doing in school, and how have "we" been treating our little friends. Of course, by now I know that he means "our" teeth.
5. Expanded Moment:
" I sat down, crossed my legs, flipped my hair away from my face, and began to write."
" There I was on the first day of school -- the picture-perfect girl. My new outfit looked like something from my big sister's magazine, my hair--for once--was having a good day, and I was strutting in my new shoes. Little did I know that I was trailing a three -yard piece of Charmin behind me. So much for using the bathroom right before class!"
7. Hyphenated Modifier:
"My mother gave me her famous you-better-get-to-your-room-now-and-make-it-shine-before-I-get-to-your-behind look."