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:

Adding Sensory Details from Go Teen Writers blog

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! 🙂