#Write30 – Senses and Scenes

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This is a Write30 prompt. That means you read the prompt, ponder for a minute or two and then get down to writing. See where it takes you.

How do you describe a scene using only what you can see and hear but imply the other senses?

For example, she tightened her coat and blew on her palms. This tells me only what I can see. But implies what the character is feeling from a temperature or weather point of view.

When thinking about senses, over and above the five that all writers use, also think about

  • Movement
  • Texture
  • Mood and State of mind
  • The quality of interactions between characters.

The writing task is to write a scene with one or more of your characters and use only two senses – what you can see and hear.  But show us more senses – smell, feel and taste and the others listed above.

The scene can be comedy, drama, suspense or anything else. •It can be an opening scene or in the middle of your book or your ending.

After the session, find examples from books where great writers have done the same thing! Note down your observations and learnings.