I read yesterday... I think it was yesterday...the days are just flying by so fast I really don't know. But, let's just say it was yesterday. (And I'm sorry I don't actually remember where I read it.)
sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
Wow. Each scene we should use all of those at least once? I'm guessing this is more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule, but I get the writer's point. Readers want to be immersed in the world they are reading about and the way that we immerse ourselves is through our five senses.
So this got me to thinking...am I doing this in my WIPs? After an awesome critique from Theresa, one of my critique partners, I'm going back through my manuscript looking for things she pointed out, as well as how I use the five senses to describe my scenes. I most definitely am not following the suggested guideline.
taste in every scene. We don't want our characters to come out fifty pounds heavier than they went in. :) But are there other things they could taste other than food? Sure. Blood, Sweat...I'm sure there are others but I can't think of them right now. Maybe you know of some?
touch. I think I used it about 50% of the time. Not using this one is an issue because we get a lot of emotion from touch. A baby's soft skin, a person's embrace, a moist tear (haha. I have to laugh at the word moist. I just sounds so funny.). This is one that I have to go back and add more of.
Smell is another I could use more. I don't know about you, but I think smell is my favorite. I love the smell of nature after a rain or during the fall season. The smell of my parent's house or cookies baking in the oven. How alert we become when we smell fire, or the way we cringe when we drive past a dead skunk. I think my strongest emotions are connected to smell so I'd like to use these often in my WIP.
Sight and Sound are the ones I use in abundance and when I read they are included the most to describe the scene. I understand because in the real world these two senses are the ones used most often. I was thinking about why that is so and I came up with a theory (now I'm starting to sound like Peggy :) Which is perfectly okay with me.).
Sight and Sound are what we can use from a distance. When we're immersed in an interaction we are able to use Taste, Touch and Smell. Even though it's more difficult, we should use the latter three as much as we can because they generate the most emotion in our reader.
Do you agree with my theory? What is your favorite sense? (Mine again is smell). When you're reading or writing which sense do you wish were included more?