Writers Tip of the Day. We experience the universe in several ways. Yes, we see it, but we have much more than one sense: smell, hearing, touch and taste. Yet, it is surprising how many writers don’t make use of all these tools to present their lively version of the world. If we want to entice the reader into believing in our stories, we need to use all five senses in our writing. Not only can they create a three-dimensional setting but, with their use, they also have the power to evoke associations and memories. Marcel Proust’s taste of a madeleine transported him (and his readers) on the long journey (seven volumes) into times past. So don’t just tell the reader about a rose, recreate its scent, the feel of its thorny stem. Let your character hear the sound of the sea like a wild beast, hurling itself against the shore, don’t just say it was rough. The sense of taste can be used powerfully to set your readers’ taste buds tingling as you set a fictional feast before them. You are in possession of these senses, all you have to do is employ them. And you’ll bring your writing to life.
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