Sunday, November 2, 2008

This Week's Writing Exercise~

Lights out~
Prepared by Rhéal Nadeau
Reposted, revised, on: Sun, 2 Nov 2008

Exercise: In 300 words or less, write a scene in which the character(s)
can't see, and show the experiences via the other senses. Whether by
blindness, darkness, or some other cause, the character(s) cannot utilize
the sense of sight.

Involving all the senses is a powerful tool to liven up our writing and draw
in the reader. Too often, however, writers limit themselves to visual
descriptions and dialogue. This yields a world with no taste, no smell, no
texture. One way to explore the senses is to imagine what things would be
like without them. How would your character(s) perceive the world without
the ability to see? Use the other senses: smell, taste, touch, hearing. Show
the experience, don't just narrate it.

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