I love the variety of fall weather, especially here in Fort Collins, where we`ve had late spring temperatures to snowfall this month. And most days, the brilliant Colorado sun is the star of the show. My faithful dog companion, Manny, and I love our walks to the beautiful park down the street. Some days he`s on a mission to sniff every inch of grass, other days to taste each blade in his path, confirming for me that he does, indeed, have OCD, Obsessive Canine Disorder. But, whatever his reasons are, I have to say the dog delights in his world by making full use of all his senses. The worlds we create for our human readers should provide a full experience for their senses, as well. I need to remind myself how important it is to paint with words.
The easy one is describing to our readers what can be seen. Most of us need to remember the importance of the other four senses: taste, touch, smell, and sound. I know writers who are expert at this. One of my writing goals is to incorporate all the senses in my fiction without them sounding contrived and deliberate.
Oh, and one final reminder from DESCRIPTION by Monica Wood:
``It`s easy to get lost in the beauty of your own prose when describing setting, but you can`t afford to forget for one moment that you are writing a story. Every beat of the prose must have some bearing on the story you wish to reveal.``
Ah, moving the story forward: a blog post for another day.
How about you- do your words paint description which includes all the senses?