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Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday Spotlight: Sarah Grimm

The Five Senses – Part 1

Like you, I am a romance reader and as such I want to ‘become’ a character, to experience what the heroine experiences, and in effect be present inside the book instead of just read it. I want to live the story.

But unlike some of you, I am also a romance writer, and as a writer my goal is to draw the reader in the way I long to be drawn into a story. Writers often hear one of the best ways to accomplish this is through the use of the five senses. Have you ever considered just how big a role our senses play in our daily life? Not sure?

Let’s begin by looking at just what the five senses are:

• Sight
• Hearing/Sound
• Smell
• Taste
• Touch


Sight is our greatest sense. After all, we are very visual creatures. When writing I try to remember this and paint a picture for the reader – a picture that pulls them into the story. But this is also a balancing act. I don’t want to bog the reader down with too many details, just feed them enough so that a picture forms in their mind.

His mouth curved into an irresistibly devastating grin, and everything female in her stood at attention. He strode the rest of the way to the bar, his every movement fluid and easy. Confident. Naturally sexy. His lean, rangy body was clad in snug jeans and a black tee. Jeans so worn and faded that only their seams gave hint to their original color. Jeans that rode low on his hips, cupping his….

Whoops. The PG sensor made me stop there. But you get the picture…right?

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Christine Warner said...

Nicely put! I know as a writer and a reader that having those five senses in a story can make it go from normal and nicely written, to intense as if you are in the scene.

Great blog!

Sarah Grimm said...

Thanks, Christine!