Using all of your senses 3 – Smell and Taste

Smells and the description of odours can be used to good effect in fiction writing and similarly to sound, can invoke a wide range of emotions. The smell of fresh bread baking can invoke childhood memories of a much-loved grandparent, or it can emphasise that the character is in a supermarket.

Using all of your senses #2 – Sound

Sound is an odd thing to convey in fiction. After all, writing is about words and images and to effectively portray noises, we can really only use wordsThere is a tiny village in West Somerset, just before you reach Porlock (the gateway to Exmoor), called Bossington. This village has a long pebble beach that stretchesContinue reading “Using all of your senses #2 – Sound”

Using all of your senses #1 – Sight

Our vision is often something we take for granted as writers and in some ways, it’s underused as we go for the perfunctory. It is easy to fall into a trap of mundane description: “the grass was long and green. In the background, the grey mountains were snow capped”. Simple and effective but not veryContinue reading “Using all of your senses #1 – Sight”