Most of us have no trouble writing visual descriptions, but we often forget to include our other senses in our descriptions. 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.
Here are some examples from my book A Walrus’ World.
- Sight: The baby walrus’ plump body is covered with short fur.
- Smell: The mother walrus sniffs her baby and rubs his back with her whiskers.
- Sound: Splash! He tumbles into the water. Splash! His mother dives in too.
- Touch: Using her whiskers, she feels a clam. Then she grabs the shell with her lips and sucks out the meat.
- Taste: Their sleek bodies slide through the cool, salty water. (From A Killer Whale’s World.)
A Walrus’ World and A Killer Whale’s World are in my series Caroline Arnold’s Animals published by Picture Window Books (Capstone.)
|Illustration by Caroline Arnold from A Killer Whale's World|