Browsing through some articles on the Go Teen Writers blog, I came upon a post about adding sensory details to your writing. See link for the original article:
This has been something I have been noticing as I have been reading and reviewing books. Many authors I’ve encountered recently have been great about describing smells, tastes, touches, sounds, and overall helping you get a good sense (get it?) of the setting.
As an occupational therapist, sensory experiences and processing are something that I think about and/or address on an almost daily basis during the work week. By the way, did you know that there are actually 7 senses? Taste, smell, touch, sight, hearing, AND proprioception (sensing your body position) AND vestibular processing (sensing movement). Actually, there’s another one too about feeling things within your body (like hunger).
As I looked through the article and read her examples, I realized that this is a great mini writing exercise!
So with attributes to the above article here is the exercise: Describe a character encountering the following (or your own) settings making sure to take into account at least 3 or 4 different senses.
- Enjoying an outing to the beach
- Taking a child to the community swimming pool
- Making a stop at Starbucks for a cup of coffee
- Being a child playing on a playground
- Riding on a bus
And go! 🙂