Writing With All Five Senses
Since apparently this is a big one I’m missing, I’ll start here. Hmm. Taste…
Types of Tastes
- How 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
- 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