Hit on all the senses when writing fiction

Before you write, it’s good to practice writing about all the senses: touch, smell, taste, vision and hearing. If you add these descriptors to your writing, it’ll help the readers sink down into your novel as if they were additional characters living there. If the reader stays on the surface, it’s too easy for them to put the book down. Add in what the characters are hearing, feeling, smelling, tasting, in addition to seeing and you’ll hook your readers and keep them reading.

It takes some practice to write vividly without overdoing it. You want a subtle application of the senses.


This is the easiest for most writers because we most often describe scenes as if we are showing it to the readers (or we should be describing them that way… show vs tell). Be vivid and specific with your descriptions so the reader will see, in the mind, the specifics important to the stor

y. It’s also important to describe it as the character sees it. D


The sense of taste comes into play when a character is eating, of course. It can also be used very effectively when describing fear or hatred.He looked at her and bile rose in his throat. That gives you a clear picture of how he feels, don’t you think?


Smell like taste can be used to describe the sweetness or goodness of a scene or feeling, or it can be used to emphasize a bad feeling.


If you add tactile elements to your writing, your readers will begin to feel a part of it. Shge lunged at him with the knife. The pain seared through him like fire. He felt a rib crunch as the point of the blade passed through it.  Make your readers feel your writing.


Sound is such a big part of our everyday lives, that writing seems silent without adding some background noises in addition to the sound of the dialogue. Sound will help set the tone. Don’t just have someone knock on the door in a suspense story. Instead, have the knock at the door sound like an animal raking its claws down the wood… or some such thing.

The point: Give your readers a vivid picture of your novel. Let them live it with your characters.


About loubelcher

I'm a freelance artist and writer. I enjoy anything whimsical and my art and writing generally concentrate on the lighter side of life.
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