Posted on 08/23/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Thinking of the five basic senses is a good starting point for sensory detail in fiction, but it’s certainly not the ending point.

There are actually more than twenty different senses, says C.S. Lakin, and while writers don’t need to (and shouldn’t) try to cram them all into every scene, there are particular ones beyond sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch that are underutilized.

The seven that Lakin highlights come from within the human body, and she shares examples of strategic use of such sensory details in a post at Live Write Thrive.

(Emphasis on strategic use — whatever pieces of your point-of-view character’s experiences are being shared must serve the plot, not simply show off your descriptive skills.)

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