I wrote about a time when I was five or six, and my family went to the outer banks. The beach had so many sensory details that just stuck
! My favorite paragraph, actually the end
paragraph is the one that inspired the whole piece:
"The waves are enormous, and will easily knock me over if I venture too close. Where I sit by Mom I am far enough away to only feel the waves’ gentle rhythm, and let the sand wash over my hands and feet. If I close my eyes, it doesn’t feel like it’s the water moving. The soothing feeling of the sand washing over my hands and my outstretched legs makes it feel like it’s me
moving, like the water is carrying me gently away."
Basically, I described the things I remember seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, or feeling as I followed my mom across the beach toward the water. No plot, just word pictures. Sensory images. You get the idea.
Good luck! How are things going with your instructor? Is she as good a match as you hoped?