John Gardner speaks of a “Smoke” game. You figure out what kind of smoke is character? What kind of house? etc. food, clothing, building, city, plant, tree, car, etc..
I believe it is an old guessing game like twenty questions. I come up with a list of characteristics about a person. “I’m thinking of a man who is thick, gray smoke.”
Just jotting down these characteristics gives you a poetic description of your character. You can even use some of the words when you speak about the person. Here’s a small sample:
|Smoke||light, broken||thick, gray|
|Car||new, sporty||older, comfortable|
|Wind||strong, gusty||steady breeze|