Great Writers Use Their Senses to Paint a Picture for the Reader
As writers we should be aware of the five senses. We use the five senses to transport our reader into the scene we are describing.
Write With Sight
Ask yourself, “What am I seeing?” You might start with the mundane white car driving by, but I challenge you to look further. Beyond the man walking by with tattoos covering his arms, watch the way he walks. Does he stare at the ground as he walks or does he confidently stare forward?
Write With Smell
I believe that even smells can help tell stories. When you begin to describe a scene close your eyes and envision all of the possible smells that surround you, they can be used to describe the weather.
Write With Sound
There are noises all around you. As I write this, I hear the click of keys, the low hum of the air conditioner, soft laughter from another room.
Write With Touch
Describing the way things feel is just plain fun. The number of adjectives available are endless.
Write With Taste
Describing taste can be a fun way to keep your reader intrigued in the details.
There was once a poor boy named Jack whose mother sent him to market to sell their cow. When Jack returned, his mother was very angry because Jack sold the cow for magic beans. His mom threw the beans out the window. Can you guess what happened next? There was a massive beanstalk! What do you think Jack did next? Jack climbed the beanstalk and found the magical castle. Do you know what’s inside the castle? There was a giant!
You can use your senses to describe the picture below and bring it to life for the reader!