Every day this week, I'm writing a little bit about my online course Taking Flight: 6 Weeks to an Inspired Writing Practice. The fourth module of the course is all about using the five senses in your writing. Whether you're writing a novel or starting a blog, specific, sensory details can capture your readers' attention and take your piece to the next level.
So how do you come up with these sensory details? You pay attention.
When you pay attention to the world around you -- when you truly live in the moment, experiencing the depth of all five of your senses, you will naturally start to bring those observations to your writing. You'll be able to describe things so accurately and specifically that your readers will feel like they're truly there, in your story (or poem or blog post or whatever.)
Mindfulness. It's important first of all for our collective sanity (at least it is for mine!), but it's also a valuable addition to a personal writing practice.
Over the past week, I've been making a big effort to practice mindfulness meditation for 30 minutes every day. It's tricky (I've got a toddler, after all) but so helpful for both my state of mind and for my writing. There are so many terrible meditation apps out there that I was thrilled when I finally found a good one. It's called Wildfulness, and has beautiful illustrations and nature sounds, along with a simple timer. It does cost a couple of bucks, but it's worth it!
If you're interested in learning more about mindfulness and writing and you live in the Toronto area, I've got a workshop coming up on July 29th called Writing From The Senses: A Mindful Writing Workshop. Taking Flight also tackles this topic in Module 4.
Do you have a mindfulness practice? What does it look like?
Taking Flight: 6 Weeks to an Inspired Writing Practice is now available from Nest & Story. It's a 100% online, self-study course, so you can do it on your own time, at your own pace, from wherever you are in the world.