“My task which I am trying to achieve is by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel–it is, before all, to make you see. That–and no more, and it is everything.”
- Joseph Conrad
Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? And maybe it is. The delicate, thoughtful arrangement of words on the page has the power to evoke so many feelings in a reader. That is the goal of writers. To generate a connection. To strike a chord.
Just as important is to connect with readers on a more visceral level, where we do much more than just see or feel, but experience. How do we do that? Well, we work to engage all of the senses. All five of them.
Bring to life the taste of freezy, icy, fizzing cherry soda. Explore the sound of water in our ears as we dive down into a cool pool of water and the bubbles float up around us. Such images have the ability to conjure up shared experiences on a summer day from our childhoods.
Are you bringing your words to life with feeling? Are you capturing a moment in your writing with language that livens the senses and sparks memory and emotion so that the scene comes to life for the reader?
Whether you are hard at work on the next great American novel, or are compiling notes for your next blog, work to incorporate the senses for a fuller, more complete telling of your story.
Kerri S. Mabee