Showing Through Sensory Writing

Many of us know how to spin a good story, but verbal or written some of us need a reminder, or a guide as to how to spin a good story that our readers, or listeners are going to keep coming back to, or continue to read or listen to. How to get them to invest in the story. The key to this is through our characters, and I am not talking about their history or personality, but rather something all of us can have, though for some it might be difficult or for one reason or another, don’t have. I am talking about our body senses.


The seven types of sensory processes our bodies are capable of are, as above; sight, smell, taste, balance, hearing, touch and body awareness. Learning how we take each of these in, learning to notice what our bodies notice is important as writers to ensure our readers are getting a full immersive experience from our work. And to make our work readable.

-insert a few days of hectic life here- 

I’m back! Sorry about that. I got distracted and then a few days went by and life was happening. I was meant to post twice this last week and I completely failed to write half of the first post. 

Sensory writing is the best kind of writing, because it appeals to readers on all levels. If you ever look back at your work, and think its missing something, go through and check of you utilized your characters sensors and if you did, did you tell the reader or did you show the reader? 

The main difference here being shown through this example: 

Telling the reader: She bent over double unable to run any more, because she was sore and felt unwell. She fell over, swallowing some dirt.

Showing the reader: She bent double, her leg mucles burned from the run, she gasped to breath. Her stomach started to churned and her legs gave way, her face hit hard upon the rich damp earth and she tasted the soil, which crumbled and slid down her throat. 

Not only does it (hopefully) sound much better, it gives you more words and writing in such a way, for myself at least, gives me ideas! Which as a writer is ideal, especially if you get writers block at all. 

Always remember if you can’tdo this in your first draft it’s fine!! That’s what editing is for. 

The first draft is just putting the words together to form the story, the next drafts are for perfecting different aspects of those words. 


Thats not original, there are many writers who say this in different words. Its super important for all to remember, no matter how seasoned a writer you are. 

I probably had more to say about each of the senses, however I might put up some links to available ‘cheat sheets’ which help us writers out in this area a bit later. 

Thanks for reading! Sorry again for delays. I am thinking of posting an excerpt from some writing I’m doing next, but just in case I wont say when. 


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