During this time of coronavirus, I invite my readers to write. Many of us are sheltering at home, why not use creativity to stay calm?
I will try focus on one aspect of creative writing so the you can experiment with that element.
Today, let us look at “Sensuous Writing.”
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And here is a reprint of an earlier writeup from my Travel Blog:
This morning let’s look at an aspect of Creative Writing — “Sensual Writing.” I’m not talking about sex, dear Readers, rather I’m referring to writing that engages the readers via the five senses. The writer allows the readers to see, smell, hear, feel, taste.
Sensual Writing ties in with a Rule in Creative Writing which is: Show, Don’t tell. The writer is giving details so that the Readers can more actively participate in the “fictive world” of the writer.
It makes one’s work more compelling and interesting. In a way it forces the writer to think in terms of Scenes, which can be stronger than the Narrative way of writing. Writers say that the Scene is the basic unit of storytelling.
Sensual Writing can be integrated in other forms of writing, not just Fiction Writing.
Let me give you some examples.
1. The following excerpt allows the readers to see, feel, and taste:
“It was a bit of paradise up there, with tenacious succulents in Chinese blue and white pots, a moss-covered fountain, three plantation chairs, and most important, the tambis tree that hung over the back portion of the verandah. They didn’t even have to climb; all they had to was reach out and pluck all the fruit they wanted. They ate while they gathered fruit and Ines remembered the pleasant feel of the waxy cover and the delight of sweet juice when her teeth sank into the spongy pulp.” ~ from The Old Mansion Near the Plaza: Novel Excerpt
2. The following excerpt allows the readers to see, hear, and feel.
“The most mournful time in Taytayan was sunset. As the sun sank into the sea, it shot forth brilliant hues of red, splattering the sky, making your soul catch at your throat. Then you blinked and the sun was gone, and the world that had been aflame was suddenly plunged into a somber darkness. The sounds of the crickets would crescendo in the darkness and your spirit quaked at such sadness.” ~ from When the Rainbow Goddess Wept
3. The following excerpt allows the readers to smell, see, hear.
“A breeze wafted in the faint sweet smell of molasses from the distant Sugar Central. They sighed and settled comfortably into their chairs. From where they sat, they could look out at the pool, tennis court and sprawling garden. It was Melisande who saw it first — “Look, Ines! I’ve never seen anything like that before. The tree is glowing.” She was pointing at the ylang-ylang tree that had flickering fireflies all over it.” ~ from novel-in-progress
- The following allows the readers to see:
“In the distance I could see the Eiffel tower, its gray latticed metal gleaming in the early morning sun. Even though it was summer, the trees and bushes of Paris were still in bloom. The paulownia trees surrounding the Eiffel were heavy with purple flowers.” ~ from novel-in-progress
For your own exercise, describe how fresh-baked cookies look, smell, and taste. If you want to post that in this blog, send it to me at email@example.com.
That’s our short lesson today about Sensual Writing.
For fiction, read:
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