Writing With All Five Senses


One of the easiest senses to include in a story is sight, because we constantly have the characters looking at things to tell the reader what they see. However, we sometimes forget the more basic parts of a scene to describe:

Types of Seeing

  • SightLittle details, like the clown knickknacks on a shelf or the title of a book on the bedside table
  • Lighting – dark, light, romantic, eerie, candlelit, floodlights, sunlight
  • The relative messiness or cleanliness of a room or a person
  • The comparative colors of items – someone could simply have “brown eyes” or they could have “warm, honey-brown pools of amber” or “flecks of gold in their shit brown eyes”
  • The clashing of colors or prints
  • Repetitive colors
  • Furniture, particularly something oddly placed
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoid / imagined visions
  • Fireworks
  • Various looks of intimacy – when you secretly glance at a crush, lighting up at the return of a loved one, during intercourse, during orgasm, post intercourse
  • Looks of emotion – anger, sadness, joy, content, despair, depression, confusion, etc. Highly recommend looking through The Emotion Thesaurus as you try to describe emotions. The authors do a fabulous job of telling you how a person would look and act while feeling a myriad of emotions.

Character Reactions

  • Widening eyes
  • Squeezed or pinched eyes
  • Covering eyes or forcing someone to uncover their eyes
  • Shifting, rolling or averting eyes
  • Winking or blinking – or unblinking

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