Most of us have no trouble writing visual descriptions, but we often forget to include our other senses in our writing. This exercise focuses on using all five senses to make your writing come alive. Choose an object, place, person, or animal, and write five sentences about it, one sentence (or two) for each sense-- sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. The following examples are from my book Fox (Morrow Junior Books) now available as an ebook on Amazon.
- Sight: When most people think of foxes, they picture the red fox, with its large white-tipped tail and brilliant flame-colored fur.
- Sound: These high-pitched sounds, called ultrasounds, are made by many of the rodents that are the foxes’ prey.
- Touch: Each month-old pup weighs about a pound, and its short newborn coat is covered with soft light-colored fur.
- Smell: One sign of a fox’s readiness to mate is a strong skunk-like odor in its urine.
- Taste: When the pups are about two weeks old, their first teeth come in. About a week later, they begin to suck and chew at the pieces of meat their parents have brought back to the den.