Monday, April 24, 2017

The Ten Senses


The Ten Senses

We all know we have five senses, but did you know we also have five hidden senses? Understanding how your character experiences the world can help you develop compelling and interesting characters.

Show verses Tell refers to the concept of showing your reader how the character experiences the world through his or her senses. Could you imagine the story you could tell if you didn’t just rely on the five tangible senses, but actually tapped into the character’s hidden senses as well?
 
Five senses:
Sight
Sound
Smell
Taste
Touch

Hidden Senses:
Proximity- Where you are in relation to objects or people
Pain – We’ve all been there
Proprioception-Your body’s awareness of itself (Ex: able to touch nose with eyes closed)
Thermal- Temperature
Equilibrium - Balance
Consider everything your character is sensing as you tell the story.
Write a scene in which your character relies on all of his/her hidden senses to show the action of the story.