Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Use Your Senses
This Week's Topic:
The Five Senses. How you use them in your writing, how you are inspired by them, pictorial essays, that character with smelly socks, books that have used them well, the ones that are currently missing from your work, etc.
This is a fun question!
I think most of my story is focused on sight, describing what people see, the glances between them, etc.
There are definitely opportunities to capitalize on the sense of touch: the soft, warm fur of Leah's family dog, the oppressive and deadly heat of an office fire, the icy cold water of a river that flows through the jungle on her homeworld Jantyr.
I'm realizing I do have a lot of places where I could include scent-- the scent of delicious foods wafting from the pavilion at the beach, coconut-scented suntan lotion, the smell of salty air, Brian's clean-smelling cologne, the fresh scent of the air on an unspoiled world.
For taste, I've included different meals and can describe their flavors. Oh, and I can't forget the awesome fruit smoothies that Leah and her friends enjoy at the local hangout, The Wharf.
I'm realizing now that I do have a lot of sound included in The MirrorMasters - screams, cheering and clapping, the humming melody of crystals, the singing of the desert sands.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone else does for this week's awesome YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday!