Layering Senses in Writings

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All of us sometimes feel that the writings we are creating does not have the amount of energy of color or drama or whatever that we require. And there are actually millions of reasons why we can’t see that. A trick I found to make content wonderful (actually colorful) is to use imagery layering. You probably haven’t heard that before but it is a technique many of us use without knowing we are. I’ll try to cover this topic in two to three posts so here is the first one. It is about layering your senses into the writings. It is about feeling like you are in the setting of the story and describing your personal experiences.

Sounds

Sound effects can be added by using specific sound words that can make the reader hear those words as he reads. Let’s turn to some examples of sound provoking words:

"The chug-chug of the distant rail-engine was fading with the night."

In this above example, the sound has been described by what it seems to be (i.e. chug chug). This is one way of adding sound effects to your writings. Let’s consider another example:

"The wind was roaring."

In this example, the sound has not been described by it’s actual notes rather it has been compared to the roaring of a lion. Let’s change this a bit to make a sub-layer in this layer.

"The roaring wind which was blowing like continuous whip cracks had now silenced to a tranquil breeze."

You see! the sub-layer has heightened the effect of our previous layer i.e. root layer. The roaring of the wind has now been compared to whip-cracks. This is also a kind of indirect layering to the sense of touch. It makes the reader feel the force of the gushes of wind as well as its sound.

Smells

The effects of smell can be added be added in the same way, we add ‘smelly-words‘. So let’s head straight to examples:

"The place was stinking."

This is a general and a very simple example. This describes the whole place but we can also narrow the smells to specific things or special places in the big “arena”.

"The horse was filthy and stinking; quite the opposite of the polished and shining floor of the mechanical barn."

We can also describe the smell or the fragrance in the environment due to a specific factor or thing.

"The kitchen smelled of black pepper."

Here black pepper is a kind of factor which has affected the environment of the kitchen.

"The fields were perfumed with roses and lavender."

Here roses and lavender are things which are affecting the environment of the fields.

Sometimes we have to use special Smelly Words to describe the type of the smell. You wouldn’t use fragrance when describing the smell of a rotting fish on the beach and you wouldn’t use stench when describing the smell of flowers. You use different words like aroma, scent, perfume, reek, stench, fragrance, smell, stink etc. to describe different types of smells.

Texture

Describing texture is also a very effective way of making the reader feel the textures of the things you are describing. Many writers will use simple words like rough and smooth to describe the surfaces and fail to deliver details to the reader. Let’s head to the examples to see how we can describe texture in different ways.

"The track was coarse."
"The surface of the table was smooth."

These are the very basic examples of describing textures. Let’s get into more detail. One way to do this is the describe the texture physically:

"The metallic body of the tank was further reinforced with intertwined steel ribbons."

Here we described the texture of the body in the way it looked physically. We can also describe the texture of the tank by comparing it to some other thing:

"The metallic body of the tank was further reinforced with steel ribbons which covered it like a spider's net."

Sometimes one sentence is not enough to describe the texture. Moreover, long sentences can sometimes bore the reader so here is a paragraph describing the beauty of the texture of an ancient wooden decoration piece.

"It was an elephant in the first sight. But when I went closer, my brain analyzed the piece and discovered that it was a lot more than a mere elephant. It was a masterpiece. The carvings on it so clearly emphasized the skill of the creator of that magnificent elephant. I ran my finger on the rugged skin of the elephant. Every hair on that microscopically thatched skin stood out and proclaimed it's presence. Then I ran my finger in it's ears and felt the softness of Persian cushions there. I felt every artery and vein that looked almost alive in wooden ear."

So I hope that was useful. Try experimenting them when you free-write. Give me some suggestions abut how I can improve my posts and ask whatever you like. Do all this in the comments. I would like to hear what is the next thing you want me to post about cause I’m running low on my inspiration.

Ta-da

Krona Emmanuel

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How to create drama in your writing…

Uncategorized, Writing Tips

Creating Drama in writing is a factor which will help you improve your writing standards and also to keep the reader engaged and interested in your stories. Creating drama is not necessarily to add unnecessary adverbs and adjectives that make the reader want a dictionary. Creating drama means that the content will capture interest and appraise from the reader.

 Below I  have listed several ways through which you can create drama in your writing:

Keeping Emotions in Control

When writing a story, keep in mind that you keep the emotions of the characters in control. Many writers exaggerate the emotions of the characters. This property of the characters make them alien to the readers since no one in  real life acts as the characters in the story act. Keep it natural. There are a hell lot of other factors that can create the element of sadness in the story than a girl who is weeping and crying like a child and giving useless arguments to prove herself right.

Usage of witty words

In the above title, “Usage of witty word” notice that the first letter (w) of the last two words (witty, words) is same. This is a simple trick used by writers to make the readers like the content unconsciously. This trick or ‘Usage of Witty Words’ is beautifully applied  in the second line of the poem: She walks in Beauty, like the Night by Lord Byron:

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies

You can see that the words cloudless and climes both start with c just as the words starry and skies start with c. This is called Alliteration.

 Similes and Metaphors

Similes and Metaphors are very alike. They also play a very fun role in making the content dramatic. Similes are comparisons that are made by using the word like or as. Metaphors are very less different from Similes as the only difference between them is that metaphors lack the word like or as. Lets look at some examples of Similes of Metaphors:

Similes

“The Bad Guy was as big as Minotaur and looked of about the same strength.”

“The Chief was as wise as an owl and the was respected in the area.”

 Metaphors

“The Bad Guy proved a lion in the fight.”

“The Chief’s decision was a stamp on the

 Personification

Personification is the treatment of a non-human character as a human. This is done by relating human attitude to non-human attitudes. It is a human attitude to dance. Yet if we say that: “The sun rays were dancing beneath the canopy.” The meaning becomes clear that the rays were being reflected at different angles and were filling the area beneath the canopy with light after being filtered through the leaves. You can relate literally any human attitude to non-human attitude.

Examples:

“The great flood began gulping down the village.”

“The engine wheezed its last cough and the vehicle came to a standstill.”

“The bushes were begging for rain.”

Imagery Layering

If you have used Photoshop, you can easily get some idea of how layering helps to generate a high-quality graphic. Layering in writing is a little different from layering in Photoshop. While writing. We do layering by Imagery. We consider ourselves right inside the scene and try to write what sensations would we sense at the time. The sensations include the Five Big Senses and also senses such as hunger, temperature etc. Different writers use different sequences of the senses in their imagery layering.

Vividness

The use of vivid words can also heighten the effect of the writer but too much vividness or difficulty will result in: the reader struggling to get the meaning. But light vividness of words can make the mind of the reader feel the same feelings that the writer wanted to produce. It is much better to say ‘Searing’ than simply ‘very hot’. Vividness is usually unnecessary and useless if you are writing a book for kids.

 I hope you liked this article and will be able to create drama in your writings. If you have any suggestions, comments or you have any other way by which we can create drama in our writing. Don’t forget to tell me about it in the comment box.

 Writing,

 Krona Emmanuel