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How To Use The 5 Senses In Creative Writing

Rachel Poli

The 5 senses are something we all use in everyday life. We use them without realizing it, it just comes naturally to us.

When someone asks us to smell something, we know exactly how to use our nose. When someone tells us to feel something, we know how to touch and how to describe it.

Despite how easy it is to use our senses in real life, it’s sometimes difficult to show off our characters using their senses in our stories.

Sometimes it doesn’t quite fit right into the description and other times we forget to add those subtleties in.

How to use the 5 senses in creative writingWhy do we need to add the 5 senses into our writing?

Adding the senses to your writing allow your readers to be there with your characters. They’ll feel as though they’re part of the story. The details will be painted before them as it breathes life into your characters.

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EDITING 101: 50 – Using Another Language in Your Manuscript…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy ofAdirondack Editing

Using Another Language in Your Manuscript

Please note that this article’s suggestions are mostly for authors who have decided to self-publish. If you intend to shop your manuscript to an agent or publisher, they will ultimately decide how to treat your foreign language. But you are certainly welcome (and encouraged) to implement any of the suggestions for clarity before querying.

I’ve worked with fantasy and science fiction authors who generated an entirely new language for their story’s world. I’ve even edited some of those invented languages for consistency, since standard rules need to be created and implemented for pluralizing nouns, conjugating verbs, etc.! In other instances, authors have used an existing foreign language (such as French, German, or Spanish) in their…

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Smorgasbord Invitation to an end of Summer House Party – Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

In a few weeks we shall be coming to the end of the summer holidays and I thought that as I am also approaching my fourth blogging anniversary, it was time to have a party.

I have already begun to prepare my guest list with those wonderful writers who have supported me throughout those four years. They will be appearing automatically with their details and links over the three days.

However, as with any good party there is also an opportunity to mingle and share contact details with others to promote your blog, books and social media connections.

There will be some music, personal recollections of my special guests and something to eat and drink…virtually of course.

This is a celebration of a community that never fails to warm my heart with its kindness and generosity of spirit. I hope that you will be a part of it..

I will…

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How to Help an Author …

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Buy/Borrow, Read, Promote to other readers
… those books you enjoy.

Repeat.

Never expect the author to give you a free copy. But, if they offer to do so, you shouldn’t feel you are under any obligation to either read the book or give it a rave review. Unless you truly enjoyed reading that book. (As far as I’m concerned, I’m always thrilled to death with the thought that someone else may be reading my book!)

Buying or borrowing a copy from the library is the best show of support. (And if your local library does not have the book in their collection or the bookstore doesn’t have it in stock then this is a good time to mention the book to them. Did you know that most libraries encourage their patrons to recommend books that may be added to their collections? Both print and eBooks in most cases ……

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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

No Wasted Ink

no-wasted-ink-writers-links-logoHere we are at another Monday.  It is time for another batch of writer’s links here at No Wasted Ink.  This week I got into the nitty gritty of old fashioned paper communication, from research in old libraries, to printing paper, and even origami pop-up books.  I hope you enjoy this different spin on the modern age and go a little analog with me.

5 Ways to Write a Perfect First Draft (or Nearly)

Writing Tips: How To Create Immersive Worlds For Science Fiction And Fantasy

Writers on Social Media: Does It Even Make a Difference?

The Finer Points of Great Dialogue

Library Love: How Writers Conducted Research Before the Age of the Internet

The Write Life: How To Enjoy Summer and Still Be Productive

How to Make the Backstory Relevant to Plot and Character

HOW LETTERPRESS PRINTING CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD

The History of Movable Paper in One…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – D.G. Kaye, Adele Marie Park and Malia Ann Haberman

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the Monday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore and time to take as stroll through the shelves and find out which authors have news.

The first is D.G. Kaye who has received some great reviews this week for three of her booksand I have selected the most recent for one we have not featured for a while.. The Words We Carry.

About The Words We Carry

“I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?

D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her…

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It’s all about characters – How do you create compelling ones?

Author Don Massenzio

As you move along your writing journey, it’s important to remember that one of the things that keeps a reader engaged is creating compelling characters and putting them in engaging situations.

It can be argued that a book with the greatest plot ever created will suffer if it doesn’t have characters that are realistic and can be related to by your reader.

This post will talk about some of the key components of creating great characters in your writing. I’ll talk about each component and try to give some examples along the way.

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  • Make your character memorable

Characters are people just like those in every day life. When you look at some of the most memorable characters in popular books, there is usually something that makes them memorable. It can be an event in the character’s past that shaped him or her and makes them who they are. Perhaps they…

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