Using Other Senses When Writing

Using Other Senses

When writing we often neglect four of the five senses. We describe a lot about what we see, but not as much about the other senses. So, how do we start using other senses when writing? Here are a few ideas to try:

  • As in this image, remove your sight and just experience something. Taste something or touch an object. Describe how it tastes or feels. Try to describe the object by using terms that are recursive. For example, the Orange tastes like an Orange. Instead, a description about tangy or tartness may be relevant. It may also be relevant to describe how some pulp gets between your teeth.
  • Smell is another sense we take for granted as writers, but is very powerful for setting a scene. Nearly everyone knows the smell after rain, but describing it as a a mixture of wet mud and new electronics, like the plastic wrap on the world was just taken off – does a better job at describing the sensation.
  • Twist one sense into another. If you normally taste something, how would it feel to play with in your hands? If you normally hear something, what might that sound taste like if you could taste sound? These can be real mind benders, but being able to look at something common in a new way is what writing is about.