For over a month now, I've focused on the disasters that struck Central Philippines: the 7.1 Magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu, Philippines, last October 15; and super typhoon Haiyan that devastated a wider portion of Central Philippines, including the islands of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Capiz, and others, last November 8.
This morning I'm going to take a break and look at an aspect of Creative Writing -- "Sensual Writing." I'm not talking about sex, dear Readers, rather I'm referring to writing that engages the readers via the five senses. The writer allows the readers to see, smell, hear, feel, taste.
Sensual Writing ties in with a Rule in Creative Writing which is: Show, Don't tell. The writer is giving details so that the Readers can more actively participate in the "fictive world" of the writer.
It makes one's work more compelling and interesting. In a way it forces the writer to think in terms of Scenes, which can be stronger than the Narrative way of writing. Writers say that the Scene is the basic unit of storytelling.
Sensual Writing can be integrated in other forms of writing, not just Fiction Writing.
Let me give you some examples.
1. The following excerpt allows the readers to see, feel, and taste:
"It was a bit of paradise up there, with tenacious succulents in Chinese blue and white pots, a moss-covered fountain, three plantation chairs, and most important, the tambis tree that hung over the back portion of the verandah. They didn’t even have to climb; all they had to was reach out and pluck all the fruit they wanted. They ate while they gathered fruit and Ines remembered the pleasant feel of the waxy cover and the delight of sweet juice when her teeth sank into the spongy pulp." ~ from The Old Mansion Near the Plaza: Novel Excerpt
2. The following excerpt allows the readers to see, hear, and feel.
4. The following allows the readers to see:
That's our short lesson today about Sensual Writing.
My book Fundamentals of Creative Writing looks at other aspects of writing, and is available in Kindle and Nook. It is also available in hard copy in the Philippines (Anvil), where it is used in many classrooms.
Explosion and Drawing as Writing Exercises
Your Writing Workspace
The Importance of Keeping a Journal and My Pink Lock and Key Diary
The Importance of Sensual Writing
How to Write a Novel #1
How to Write a Novel #2
For fiction, read: