Writing Tip: Senses
It’s easy to use sight in our writing. We can describe what our characters are doing, how they are behaving and what they look like. We can describe the beauty of one scene or the grim emptiness of another. It is far harder to get our readers to smell, taste, touch and hear, but these are things that we should focus on when were are writing in order to fully immerse the audience into what we have created.
Using the example of a waterfall, let’s take a look at using the five senses.
The easiest sense to write about. Describe how the water cascades down the side of a cliff, frothing at the bottom. It hits the rocks there and small droplets of water fly off onto the grass on the bank. The water is clear. Though it moves quickly down the cliff, the pool below is still.
This sense, too, can be simple to use. Consider what you would be able to hear if you stood close to the waterfall. Try to be specific rather than using simple words like quiet and loud. Does the water thunder against the rocks? In contrast, what can you hear near the pool? In the wider scene, are the animals calling to one another, or is the silence strange compared to the deafening sound of the waterfall?
Now let’s imagine you can reach out and touch this waterfall. You run your fingers through the running water. Describe whether it is cool or warm, weak or powerful, and so on. The rocks are slippery and rough; the droplets that fly off them splatter on your face.
Now you’re going to drink the water. It may look refreshing, but is that how it actually tastes? What do you feel as it slides down your throat? Again, be detailed: explain whether something is sweet enough to leave your mouth watering or so bitter that the nasty taste remains on your tongue for hours afterwards?
The waterfall is a natural phenomenon. What can you smell there? Animals are around you – perhaps one of them has been in the pool and you can smell the wet scent of them. Can you smell the froth at the bottom of the waterfall?
We use these senses all the time in our daily lives, and our readers do the same. You can place your reader directly within your writing by providing them with each of these senses.
Written By: Laura Marie Clark
About the Author
Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view more of her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/
Sign up for our emails on writing tips at: www.creativetalentsunleashed.com
Now Available in Paperback $10.95
Do you dream of being a writer? Have you already dabbled with words, but still need some help finding your style on paper? Or are you one of those who have so much to write, but just can’t find the time to get the task done? This book could be your saving grace. Put together by a group of talented writers from the Creative Talents Unleashed family, Writing Tips Vol. 1 is for any level of writer.
Whether you are just a lover of literature or want to take your writing to the next step, Writing Tips will be an informative and delightful read. This book will fit perfectly in a classroom, use it as a coffee table book to create a few conversations, or give it to friend who is struggling with their writing. It was written by writers who enjoy their craft, with the hope of motivating and inspiring others to enjoy the art of writing.
Contributing Authors: Donna J. Sanders, Author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me, and Charcoal Kisses Jody Austin, Author of This Is My Pen, Volume 1 Laura Marie Clark, Author of City of The World Raja Williams, Author of The Journey Along The Way & Imprints In The Sand.
NOW AVAILABLE AT:
Or Amazon At:
100% of ALL Proceeds are being donated to our Starving Artist Fund!
Categories: Writing Tips