Tsutip: Five Senses

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Tsutip: Five Senses

PostPosted by Tsuneo » Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:57 pm

Here's a quick tip to enhance your RPing prowess.

Use all five senses!

In general, most people are pretty good at using two: sight and sound. Touch shows up now and again, ex. pain, heat, cold, etc. Smell and taste are far too rare!

In general, you should try and do it like this:

New scene/new setting/beginning of post/transition: Try to use all 5. Taste can sometimes be tricky, but smell should be mandatory.

A change in the scene: Try to use 3. Smell is best, because smell is connected in our brains to memory (Watch: The smell of fresh baked cookies. What're you thinking of?) Taste and touch also work, just make sure you try and use three.

In simply trying to add these senses, it'll force you to imagine the scenes more deeply, and to figure out how your characters perceive things. There are a lot of figurative language things you can play with using senses too.

Anyway, give it a shot! And post back on this thread to talk about your successes or difficulties so we can discuss it and become better writers.
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Re: Tsutip: Five Senses

PostPosted by Knyves » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:05 am

One thing I tried for a little while was to emphasize specific senses with specific characters, most memorably an Inuzuka that I wrote with a lot of raw sensory data, especially on smell. Do you feel like sometimes it's possible to use too much sensory info? It seems like sometimes that would just clutter an otherwise decent post.
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Re: Tsutip: Five Senses

PostPosted by Tsuneo » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:49 am

Sure, no different than if you had too much description of anything.

The key is to use it in the right places, as stated above. When setting a scene, any other time you would use description, etc.
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