Our discussion and challenge for this month was on the five senses.
In writing the tendency is often to include only sight and perhaps hearing. But what about taste and touch? Or smell? Could you taste fear? Using a range of the senses adds depth and richness to the pictures we are creating in our writing.
The challenge was to write a couple of words that could be used in incorporating descriptions for each of the senses in writing.
Sight: shadowy, brilliant, dazzling
Hearing: screech, silence, raucous
Taste: bitter, cloying, dry, astringent
Smell: acrid, overpowering, pungent, chemical
Touch: prickly, sticky, comforting
The most used prompt this month was “My shoes are talking about me” and these gave us some chuckles as to the types of stories shoes could tell.
The prompts are provided to give some ideas for our writing as often a stumbling block in getting started is knowing what to write about. They can be used word for word or as a source of inspiration. For example, the prompt could be around a male, but the story might be about a female protagonist. Or it could include the age of a person, but the story might change the age. Or even with one of the new prompts, to change the letters.
Not everyone found this month’s prompts inspiring, so we had some stories from other sources. These involved concluding a story from the past and entries into the Australian Writers’ Centre Furious Fiction competition. Whatever the story is about, it is always great to see where our writing takes us.
The prompts for our July class are:
- The dog glanced over her shoulder and trotted off down the path.
- "It wasn't a 'p', after all - it was a 'y'! That made all the difference."
- The candle flickered in its final attempt to stay alive but alas the room was left in total darkness.