September 23, 2017

It was tasty

Hi guys, We have all heard that phrase ‘it was tasty.” While the sentiment is nice, it has little effect on describing the food. When dealing with food anyone with an interest in food quality will know that there are several types of food: Salty Sweet Sour Bitter Bland How does this help my writing? I hear you ask. Well not very much, because it is hard to write these sensation into the written words without using those words. Everyone has eaten bad food and we all know why that food was bad- it was too salty,  too bitter, was over cooked or under cooked. Most people don’t have the skills needed to accurately describe why the food was good. Please note I am not going to give you those skills here, I am talking about how to write those sensations. For many […]
September 16, 2017

Onomatopoeia and other sounds

Hi guys. Yep you read it right today we will be talking Onomatopoeia is a word that phonetically imitates the sound that is being used to describe. This particular type of sounds are most common in graphic novels or comics. We all know them big white spaces with jagged lines that contain words like; biff pow and smack. These sorts of words don’t get nearly as much attention in novels that they do in their comic friends. they are reported much differently I heard a loud crash from the kitchen. Bob was startled by a loud crash from the kitchen. A loud crash in the kitchen caused bob jump to his feet. Sounds have a more personal attention in books then they do in comics, for a better reason. Most of the time the writer links a emotional reaction to the sound when there […]
September 9, 2017

What does it smell like?

Hi guys, In keeping with our current theme of the senses, let me talk to you about how smell is addressed in a narrative. Now, smell is important; not as important as say the sense of sight and the sense of hearing. When a writer wants to build in a sense of smell into their world they approach it in two different ways: He smelt her perfume wafting over the room. He smelt the slight smell of flowers in the air. Each way has its merits and its drawbacks. The first one uses our own knowledge of the sense of smell and calls upon our own remembrance of what that the thing smells like. “He could smell bacon in the house”, “The smell of sweat hung in the air”. This approach works best when the setting is familiar to the audience. If your […]
September 2, 2017

Notice what they notice

Hi guys. My mother has always been very supportive of my writing career. She was always telling me to write all the senses to create a complete picture of the environment. This is true, if you use all the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste and even emotion; the reader can truly experience the scene. There is one small caveat on this. Ask yourself what would my character notice? This may seem like an odd question but bare with me. A doctor will notice different things than say a thief, a woman would notice different things than say a man. Let me demonstrate, with two men. For this exercise I will only focus on what they see, to make it easier. ‘He came upon a blonde elf lying on a bed of moss, her white dress tight against the swell of her breasts […]