Hearing, Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch
Welcome back everyone. This is the final installment of my mini-series on the five senses. I’ve been having a great time with this and I’m happy to see you again. I’m sincerely touched that this series has been so well received. But that’s a different kind of touch than the sense of touch. Working the sense of touch into your writing can bring your words to life. It helps make it relatable. Are you ready? Today we reach out and — Touch.
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of touch is texture. (Granted, “smooth” is a texture, but I think you know what I mean.) Texture is pleasing to my eye. If I decorate a room or put together an outfit, I like to have elements with texture. Descriptions of a tactile experience can enhance your writing. Place your hand on your sleeve and think about how you would describe what your sense of touch tells you.
The sense of touch doesn’t have to come as something that your character literally reaches out to touch. It can include elements that come into contact with us, like fog or sunlight.
As I searched through the body of my work to find an example to share with you, I became painfully aware of two things. Applesauce! First – I have a lot of stories awaiting the final touches that I’d love to publish. If only I had time for those touches. (Yes, I know — not the right kind of touch, but I can’t help myself.)
Second – I really need practice working the sense of touch into my writing! I’m sure there must be something somewhere in all those files; in all those thousands and thousands of words…
Okay, this isn’t a good example of using the sense of touch but here’s a tidbit anyway. Beira the Crone is one of the new characters in Atonement in Bloom. Lilith the cat meets her early in the story. (Which I hope to someday finish…)
Lilith looked apprehensively toward the east, where sharp eyes could discern the tip of the eastern gate of Sunhold.
“No, little heart. That protector, the Guardian of the Gate of the East Winds, is not present. But he would not care to keep me out, even were he here. I’m only Beira the Crone. Some call me Cailleach Bheur, but Beira will do nicely in this place,” she said running her pale bluish hand down the silky fur of the cat’s back.
I’m curious to know your reactions to this snippet. When Beira touches the cat, I describe the fur’s silky texture. Does that tiny detail lead you to think one way or the other of Beira? Nah… Like I said, it’s not a good example. Without further ado, here’s your writing prompt.
Okay, now it’s your turn. This image of a luxury passenger train of yesteryear could relate to many types of writing, not just fiction. So as before, gaze at this image. Really focus and put yourself into it. Put your suitcase away. Adjust the window shade. Sit down on the neatly made bed. Turn on the lamp. Pour some water into the glass. Now describe something that involves your sense of touch.
What did you touch? Leave a comment with just a few words about your sense of touch, based on this photo.
Open Invitation: If this inspired you to just write something or otherwise create anything according to the sense featured today, that’s even better! If you want, you can use the comments to leave a link to your story or blog post. Kindly link back to this post if you blog about what you wrote, cooked, painted, or photographed.
Thank you from my heart for “coming out to play” during these five posts. I’ve had a great time doing this, so I hope you have as well.
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