Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Carla King

Sight is the most obvious of the senses to invoke when depicting a scene in your written work, but your visual descriptions will benefit when you incorporate your other senses to enrich your writing.

First drafts of most travelogues are full of rich, visual detail, but often fall short on smells, tastes, sounds, and feelings. I’ve learned to add an editing round to incorporate all the senses, and am constantly surprised at all the new memories that are conjured up and the rich expansion of each scene. I’ve noticed that quite a lot of nice metaphors and similes come out of this exercise, too.


The most obvious and easiest of the senses to describe, sight delivers on color and texture and important aspects of scenes like landscapes, cityscapes, objects, and faces. Your visual descriptions will often benefit from the addition of another sense or two.


The sense of smell is the most closely linked with memory, and is highly emotive, as perfumers know. For example, you might transport the reader to a seaside village on a Croatian island by describing the slightly sweet, putrid scent of seaweed baking at low tide in the late afternoon sun.


Did you know that at least 75% of is taste actually formed from smell? Taste can be broken down into five areas: salty, bitter, sweet, sour, and umami, a Japanese word meaning “pleasant savory taste.” So the aroma of that rotting seaweed contributes more than you might realize to the taste of the oyster you just slurped.

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If you missed my latest writing and marketing tweets, here they are again:
  • BookBub Follow Buttons for Your Author Website or Blog - by @DianaUrban at @BookBubPartners #pubtip #authors
  • Seriously Write: Adversity - Us and Our Characters by Zoe M. McCarthy
  • Creating Easy Branded Images for Your Blog and Social Media | Jane Friedman
  • How Much Should You Charge For Your eBook? BookBaby Blog
  • 11 Tips to help you build your online community | Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris
  • Use All Five Senses to Enrich Your Writing | Author Friendly
  • Always Learning Something New on Twitter | Author's Success Guild - Tools For Authors Who Want To Be Career Writers
  • #Indiechat – How to Fine-Tune Your Writing Process :: Bibliocrunch
  • Read and Listen - Books & Such Literary Management
  • What are you afraid of? - Build Book Buzz
  • Where Do You Get Your Ideas? – CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD
  • Everything You Need to Know About Third-Person POV - Helping Writers Become Authors
  • Putting Short Stories into Multi-Author Anthologies for More Exposure (and more money) | Lindsay Buroker
  • Writing a Novel: 5 Lessons From One Author’s First Book Deal
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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