Writing With All Five Senses


Oh, touch. Probably my favorite of the five senses. And so many things to describe with this one!

Types of Touches

  • TouchThe soft feeling of a baby’s skin
  • The rough feeling of a working man’s hands
  • Various caresses of lovers
  • Animal fur or the feeling of hair – on the head, through fingers, tickling a face
  • How various textures feel to a character – indoor, outdoor, human, animal
  • The rush of wind
  • Raindrops – sprinkling, raining, storming
  • Human skin on skin in various instances – fighting, lovemaking, comforting. Is it sweaty, dry, soft, rough?
  • Imagined touch or caress
  • The lack of touch is also important – going too long without touch, desiring someone’s touch
  • How a “look” feels on the skin – like being undressed, comforting, hurtful, “daggers to the heart”
  • Differences in a character touching themselves versus someone else doing it – fingers through hair, ticklish places, sexual touches, inflicted cuts or pain

Character Reactions

  • Shivering
  • Goosebumps
  • Internal reactions – heart thump, blood boiling, deep breathing
  • Turning into or away from the touch
  • Unnoticed / no reaction
  • Instant versus slow response

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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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