Rather than write a post this week, I want to share a really fun fiction prompt that arrived in my inbox recently from Poets & Writers. I haven’t tried this exercise yet, but I intend to do so the next time I’m feeling “stuck” in my work.
When writing, we usually employ as many senses as we (or our characters) typically experience. Take a scene you’ve already written and tally how many times touch, sight, sound, taste, and smell are used to describe the environment, characters, and action of the story. Which one do you rely the most heavily upon in your writing? Remove all of the instances in which that sense is used, and use an alternative sense in its place. How does this affect the tone, the action, or the scene as a whole?
If anyone has a chance to give this a shot, I’d love to hear back on how it worked out for you – whether it shook up a scene, changed the direction of your work, or even just made you more engaged.