Week 3: Sensory Writing

Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch, Body, Motion

Sensory writing exercises help you master vivid language that gives listeners an entry point into your world.

Have you ever heard the axiom: "Show don't tell"?  A picture is worth a thousand words. If you can paint an imaginary picture with words you won't have to use as many.

When you paint a picture for your listener they don't have to work as hard to get into the scene with you.

Here are two short videos from a couple masters on this subject:

Andrea Stolpe on Destination Writing

Pat Pattison on Object Writing

Instructions

  1. Reveal the object, place, or activity of the day (below).
  2. Copy and Paste, or write the Object, time, and senses at the top of your page: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, body, motion.
  3. Set your timer, and Go! Keep your pen moving. This isn't as strict as Diarrhea of the Pen, but keeping your pen in motion makes it harder for your internal editor to take over.

Daily Prompt

Monday

Object: Coffee cup (10 minutes)

Tuesday

Object: Lake (10 minutes)

Wednesday

Place: First date (10 minutes)

Thursday

Object: Picnic table (10 minutes)

Friday

Place: First Job (5 minutes)

Object: Fire pit (2.5 minutes)

Object or place: Pick your own (2.5 minutes)

Saturday

Object: Boat dock (5 minutes)

Object: Shoe (2.5 minutes)

Object, place or activity: pick your own (2.5 minutes)

Sunday

Object: Bus stop (5 minutes)

Activity: First kiss (2.5 minutes)

Object, place, or activity: pick your own (2.5 minutes)

What to Post

Post your writing in the main feed. You may take a photo, copy/paste, an audio of you reading it out loud.

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Questions and Feedback

Is there any part of the lesson that could be more clear? What would make your experience better? Are there any benefits to this exercise that I am missing? Please leave feedback in the comments below. For more immediate assistance shoot me an email at rigel@100daysofsongwriting.com

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