In our spring suggestions of what to write to shake off that dormant feeling, today we are thinking about ‘place’ in our writing. We are thinking about place as a location – tomorrow we’ll think about place in time.
- a special place
- a favourite place
- a happy/sad place
- a historical place
- a place you visited
- the place your characters in habit which maybe an imaginary place or a real place!
It’s easy to remember to write about the visual aspects of a place – whether you are in the scene or your characters are there. However, don’t forget how the other senses can enhance your descriptions:
- sounds – think of man-made noise, animal/bird noise, wind, echoes, indeterminate/unidentifiable noise
- touch – think of the textures of rocks, water, trees, grass, damp walls, rough wood, and think of what you feet and skin feel too
- taste – air tastes different in different places, cold air different from hot
- smell – specific places have really personal smells, be aware of them as well as the scent of the clichéed new-mown hay, pine forests, fume-filled streets
If you’re writing about a real place and can’t remember, you can always make it up! If you’re visiting a place in order to write about it, have a mental or actual checklist of sensations!
Places have associations and memories, mentioning them can add a dimension to your writing. Choose adverbs and adjectives carefully, run a million miles from tired old similes we’ve read so many times before, be fresh and original
Now here are some places: