Senses and History, Part 5: Smell

As a writer, you have probably heard that the sense of smell is the least used in writing fiction. We use words, so vision is well represented. We write dialogue, we write personal connections, so hearing and touch are all good. Taste could probably be used a bit more, outside of bedroom scenes. But smell is in itself a somewhat negative word. Writers tend to ignore it. This blog is helpful for all the underused senses. http://acreativemoment.com/2008/07/18/words-to-describe-smell-sound-taste-touch/ Continue reading “Senses and History, Part 5: Smell”

Senses and History, Part Four: Taste

I don’t expect to talk about the concept of an innate ability to select the best styles and decorations, but I did want to briefly explore how that got to be. Have you tasted the latest shoes? Well, so far I have no input on that, so maybe there is no documentation on it. I’ll have to borrow someone’s Oxford English Dictionary. Continue reading “Senses and History, Part Four: Taste”

Senses and History, Part Three: Hearing

The sounds we hear these days are unique to the computer era in many cases. At the grocery store, when someone’s credit card purchase is approved, the particular beep the card reader makes is instantly recognizable and so grating on the ear that if the person doesn’t pull out their card, you are tempted to do so for them. Continue reading “Senses and History, Part Three: Hearing”

Senses and History, Part Two: Touch

In a Romance novel, the sense of touch is important. The touch of his hand on her cheek, the touch of his breath as he leans in to kiss her, the touch of fire in her body as she recognizes her attraction to him. The touch of her satin gown as he slides it off her shoulders. The soft fur of the cat which insists on sitting on his lap. Continue reading “Senses and History, Part Two: Touch”

Senses and History, Part One: Sight

Many of my blog ideas come to me while I am walking my dog or doing gardening. These are also the times when the best story plot twists arrive in my brain. Sadly, I usually lose those because I don’t write them down or my hands are too dirty to pull out my phone and make a verbal memo. I’m totally waiting for my brain implant that Bluetooth’s me to a central computer network.

 

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