10 minute HIIT Writing Skills

How to use personification

Personification attaches human attributes to animals, ideas or objects to emphasise on a specific quality that they may have. It helps to bring your subject to life to make for a more interesting read. 

Step 01: Describe your subject and its actions

Negative

Our family sofa is so old, it can hardly hold our weight anymore. Every weekend, my friends and I pile onto its worn, scratchy fabric to watch our movie pick of the week. After two uncomfortable hours, we end up with red, itchy imprints on our legs. 

Balanced

Our family sofa has been with us for a long time. Placed in our living room just two meters from our television, this four-seater sofa is where my family, friends and I gather. 

Positive

Our three-seater sofa has been the place of many fond memories. When we were younger, my brother and I used it as a boat in our childhood imagination. Nowadays it is the gathering point for my family every Sunday where watch our favourite TV show. 

Step 02: Replace your descriptions with human attributes and actions

Negative

Our family sofa sags and groans in protest any time we sit on it. Angry for making it work even in its old age, the sofa scratches at us with its blue threads. Each movie night on the couch leaves us with itchy imprints down our legs. 

Balanced

Our family sofa has been with us for a long time. Seated contentedly in our living room like an old family friend, this sofa is a part of our many gatherings. Always happy to receive us in its warm arms, it waits expectantly through the day for us to come home and take a rest. 

Positive

Our three-seater sofa has been the fourth member of many of our fond family memories. It lent itself generously to our childhood adventures as my brother and I battled pirates off its seats. Now every Sunday night, it gathers us together on its cushions to watch our favourite movies.