Today’s RTW question from YA Highway: The Five Senses. How you use them in your writing, how you are inspired by them, pictorial essays, that character with smelly socks, books that have used them well, the ones that are currently missing from your work, etc.
This is a great reminder for writers to actually use all five senses in their writing—in my manuscript I use each sense to some extent: sight (the bustling marketplace, dancing), smells (spices, fish fresh from the ocean), sound (merchants yelling, tambourines jingling), taste (hearty ale, sugary marzipan), feel (the difference between chaffing wool and smooth silk). But whether I include enough of those details and incorporate them well enough isn’t so obvious—I’ll keep the five senses in mind during revision!
Books that use the five senses extra well:
You by Charles Benoit: if you don’t have a visceral reaction from the vivid descriptions of the accident, something is wrong with you!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Descriptions using so many different senses really bring Paris alive.
Love and Leftovers (ARC) by Sarah Tregay: Some really unique food imagery and taste in this adorable novel in prose.
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: Don’t those Hogwarts dinners make you salivate?
Chime by Frannie Billingsley: The delicate imagery used to describe the Welsh setting of this novel is beautiful.
I’m having trouble thinking of other examples—both in my own writing and YA books that use the senses well—so please share your thoughts!