In this week’s column, the focus is on how to use your five senses when writing fiction. Uses the senses helps to bring description and scenes to life on the page and pull the reader into your story. The links I’ve chosen include tips and advise on how to effectively use the five senses to bring your fiction to life as well as an article that includes some great examples of using the five senses in writing. I hope you find them useful and they help you to improve your writing.
- https://www.fuseliterary.com/2017/03/17/tips-to-use-your-five-senses-when-writing/ – Tips to Use Your Five Senses When Writing: This is a short read that includes a paragraph for each of the five senses and how you can use them when writing fiction. There is an example included and some information on what to focus on when using each of the senses.
- https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/use-all-five-senses-unlock-fictional-world/ – How to Use All 5 Senses To Unlock Your Fictional World: The sense work brilliantly when you are writing description and in this article each of the five senses is taken and detailed so you know how to get the most out of them. There are videos included in the article as well as some great examples to show how each of the senses can enrich your prose. At the end of each sense are some tips on how you can start using it. This is a detailed article and I recommend putting aside some time to read it thoroughly.
- https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-use-the-five-senses-in-your-writing – How to Use the Five Senses in Your Writing: This is an article from MasterClass that explains that in order to create descriptions that will stay with your readers it is important to understand and know how to use the five senses in writing. This article is broken down into different sections and includes a section on how to write with sight, taste, touch, smell, and sound. There are writing prompts, and tips included with each section too.
- https://www.novel-writing-help.com/descriptive-writing-2.html – Description Writing and the 5 Senses: This is a detailed article that explores how to use your five senses when writing fiction and it has a section for each sense including the addition of the sixth sense. The article begins with a look at what sensory description is before jumping into each of the senses. Using the senses is all about trying to give your readers a way to really experience your characters and the world they are living in.
- https://rachelpoli.com/2017/08/14/how-to-use-the-5-senses-in-creative-writing/ – How to Use the 5 Senses in Creative Writing: This is a great, down to earth, article about using the senses in your writing. The examples are great and I loved the explanation on whether or not we should use all 5 senses all the time. The section on how to weave the 5 senses into your story is excellent and the examples really help to show you what the author is talking about. It’s a quick read, but with a great explanation of this topic.
- https://thewritepractice.com/five-senses-in-writing/ – How to Unlock All Five Senses in Your Writing: This article discusses the five senses and how to write using them. There are some exercises included with the article to help you get in some practice and once you’ve read through how to use each of the senses the exercises will help you hone your skills.
- https://ryanrcampbell.com/2017/09/08/the-five-senses-and-filtering/ – The Five Senses and Filtering: This is a brilliant article, especially the section on filtering which gives you some great examples of how to use each of the sentences without telling. Instead of saying she heard, she felt, she tasted, there are examples of how to show each of these senses while engaging your readers. Again, each of the senses are covered in the article which some great tips on how to use them in your writing.
- https://www.writerswrite.co.za/the-power-of-the-5-senses-in-stories/ – The Power of the 5 Senses in Stories: Using the senses in writing is a great way to show and not tell and this article looks at ways in which you can do this. There’s a great exercise right at the start followed by some extra sensory information that you can make use of in your writing. The article ends with three writing exercises for using the 5 senses.
- https://richiebilling.com/writing-tips/using-the-5-senses-in-writing – Great Examples of The 5 Senses in Writing: The final link for this week and this topic is examples of using the five senses. This article has a number of sections including an explanation of the five sensory organs, then the five senses. An example from Great Expectations is used for sight. For touch, there a great exercise you can do. The Smell section includes a great example from Joyce’s Ulysses. There’s a 5 senses writing checklist and a section on how to use the five senses in writing with some great exercises for you to try. The article ends with a huge list of adjectives for the 5 senses that I’m sure you’ll find useful.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all the links this week and are getting ready to practice all the advice given. If there is a topic you’d like to see me cover, all you need to do is get in touch with me via any of my social media links.
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