Descriptive Writing Using All 57 Senses
(Original post written by Tasha Wiginton)
You have probably heard that you should consider the five senses when you are writing in order to make your writing feel real to the reader. Including the perceptions of your character will suck the reader into the scene and give them a sense of being there.
I agree with this wholeheartedly, but admit that I have a hard time with this myself. It’s so difficult for me, in fact, that I actually go back through my writing when I am revising just with the sole purpose of adding in more description.
I recently came across a “List of Perceptics” that L. Ron Hubbard (yes, the founder of scientology) claims to be all the possible senses one can hone. I don’t know about all that (actually, I doubt it very seriously), but I do know that the list is a goldmine when it comes to providing ideas for describing how your character feels and experiences the world around them.
These 57 “senses” seem to be easily categorized into the 5 main senses we were already aware of – but it’s broken down into almost all the ways our characters’ senses may manifest, and includes some that are humanly impossible. It’s easy to think about what our characters might be seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, or touching, but what about internal feeling like heart rate, hunger, sadness, or sense of balance?
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