Blogging from A to Z Challenge: S is for Senses


My theme for the Blogging from A to Z challenge is Creativity. To be creative, we rely on our senses, and many creative processes make use of a few or all of the senses.

I have to remind myself to incorporate all the senses into my writing. Descriptions of setting, for instance, are richer and more realistic if you describe the entire environment. This is a helpful article about descriptive writing and the five senses.

The five senses are also important to other creative endeavors.

Sculptors and potters use a strong sense of touch in their work. Sound is important to those who use chisels or other tools. I imagine those who work with clay enjoy that smell.

I know when I paint, just the smell of the acrylics or oils gets my creative juices flowing.

Musicians, of course, rely on sound, but the feel of the instrument is a big part of playing: the pressure of the keys on a clarinet or piano, for instance. I’m not a singer, but I imagine they feel a vibration or resonance in their throats.

Cooks use all the senses: the sizzle of the onions striking a hot pan, the smell of chopped herbs, the taste of a tangy vinaigrette dressing, the blast of heat on your face when you open the oven door, and the sight of a composed salad: dark green spinach glistening with olive oil, plump red strawberries, and white crumbled feta.

Can you think of other ways the senses are used for creativity?

About lindacovella

I am an author of fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens.
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9 Responses to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: S is for Senses

  1. Incorporating the senses in writing, I agree, is very important. I think you covered everything here. I remember reading a great description of a rotting body once (well, not great, but well done). The writer did an amazing job putting me at the scene where this body was found — to the point I became invested in wanting the killer to be found and punished — but I can’t remember the title. So, here is one way to use the senses: to attract as well as spook the reader. 🙂

  2. I do my best to use all the senses when writing, and often, I wonder if I’m remembering taste. That seems to be the one that people often over look when writing.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

  3. LindaGHill says:

    Hi LInda! I’ve seen your name all over the comments on the other blogs I visit, so I thought it was mighty well time I came over – and I’m glad I did! Great post about the senses! I think my favourite one is smell, though it’s something I have to keep reminding myself to pay attention to as well.
    I’m late in following your A-Z (I’m participating too, with a writing/life theme) but I’m looking forward to reading your final week. 😀

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