Writing With All Five Senses


Since apparently this is a big one I’m missing, I’ll start here. Hmm. Taste…

Types of Tastes

  • TasteHow someone prefers sweet to spicy or salty over bitter, etc.
  • Contrast characters, like how BBQ sauce might make someone from the KC area feel versus a Texan rancher man or a Portland “granola” mom.
  • The first time something is tasted, like a chocolate ice cream cone or a specialty drink. Especially useful with kids or with someone visiting a new country.
  • That fuzzy yuck taste first thing in the morning after having a drink…or eight.
  • How does a kiss taste? How about the differences between a first kiss versus the 100th. Does it taste different between friends, between lovers, between family members?
  • The salty sweat from a neck during a passionate scene. (and, other particular tastes to that acts of that nature…)
  • The fresh toothpaste taste when someone obviously tried to cover up having a cigarette
  • The taste of the air after an explosion or when burning crops
  • When someone is sick or upset, describe how tastes change
  • A lack of taste…that is as important as describing actual taste

Character Reactions

  • How a tongue tingles with certain spices or flavors
  • How the mouth twitches when it wants a taste
  • How the face scrunches on a bad taste
  • Does the character literally or figuratively drool
  • A specific food and how a character interacts with it – tongue swirling on an ice cream cone, crunching an apple, a look of ecstasy with a piece of perfect chocolate

Use these links to jump to a specific page of this post: MAIN ENTRY | SMELL | SOUND | SIGHT | TOUCH

About T.A. Babcock

Writer, artist, mom, special project manager, MS Office Goddess, beautiful dreamer, randomly eccentric lady. (Not necessarily in that order...)

Posted on October 2, 2014, in Writings and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on Erika for President and commented:
    Nice resource!

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