See It, Smell It, Taste It, Hear It…
By Megan DiMaria
I recently read a story that left me wholly unsatisfied. The author skimped on writing in the sensory details. I felt disoriented while reading and found myself eager to be finished.
When I read, either fiction or non-fiction, I need to feel as if I’m dropped into the scene and can experience what the character can experience.
The photo on the left is taken from the window of a luxury resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado. (I cashed in lots and lots of loyalty points to enjoy a few days in the Rockies.)
If I were reading a scene that takes place in that resort I’d like to know what the room looked like. How did the luxurious bedding feel to a weary body? How big were the windows, and what kind of shadows fell across the floor? How did the wind sing as it wove its way through the pines? Can you hear the whinny of horses as they cart vacationers through the mountain trails? Did the breeze carry the fragrance of pine boughs? What color blue was the sky? How plush was the carpet? What speciality was the hotel’s chef known for?
All those little details woven into the story help to transport the reader. If I take the time to read your book, please transport me.