Writing exercise

Writing for liberation exercise: The shapes of things

“The shape of power … is a tree. Root to tip, central trunk branch and re-branching … the shape of power is the outline of a living thing straining outward, sending its fine tendrils a little further and a little further,” wrote Naomi Alderman in The Power.

  1. Have a think about Alderman’s description of what power looks like. Do you agree, or do you think power, today, has a different shape?
  2. What shapes do other things have? Create a list of 5 things you’d be interested in describing metaphorically, or pick some of the following: bitterness, protest, apathy, white nationalism, old age, arrogance, persistence, desertification.