The birds have been able to drink without me breaking the ice all week and the muddy grass is now covered with shades of blue, pink, yellow and violet. I need to get better at describing things like seasons and the viola in my garden was roped in to help.
Something I need to work on when I’m editing is the senses. I visualise the story and try to write what I see, but I’m not sure how well I then spell that out for others to hear. A recent writing workshop I attended reminded me to check I had all the senses covered not least because we all take in information differently. What’s your preference? Do you know? Do you prefer to see, hear, smell, touch or taste things?
Visual violet Viola called for a short post preparing you for my marathon W. As we get towards the end of AtoZ’s there’s still lots of variety.
My AtoZchallenge posts are about writing, parts of my novels or some research I need to do for them. I’m not allowing myself to write about anything other than topics linked to the books, my books. The current titles that I’m writing about are ‘Bags’, ‘Holiday stories’ and ‘Dream Gardener’.
I worry about that in my writing too. Especially sense of smell. That’s the first one I forget when using senses to describe a scene.
I had to sit next to someone on the train listing a full menu on what they could eat tonight.. It was easy to smell it then!
I am guilty of this too, Lynne – particularly the sense of smell and also thinking about what little sounds may be going on in the background of a scene, which can really add to the atmosphere.
Kelly’s Eye – Writing, Music, Life
Looks like one we all need to practice.
I’m really bad at description altogether! Probably because I tend to not pay much attention to it myself when I’m reading. But a few snippets here and there (please not a whole paragraph all in one go!) can really help set the scene.
You’ll be lucky to get a few snippets from me.
Today, on day V, I just discovered your blog. And I’m so glad I did! I love the drawings you include with your posts and I love that you are blogging about writing…I hope you will visit my blog at Grace Grits & Gardening. I’m your newest follower:))
Thanks, visited, mooched around and left some comments too. Nice to *meet* you and thanks for comments about my sketches.