The best way to learn about writing is through adventures. Everyone loves to listen to a great story. Who doesn’t, it is fun to hear. But most especially fun if it is from you and your child’s adventures.
Today we are going to talk about Adventure Writing. We will learn how to use the five senses to do some writing.
So what is Adventure writing?
Adventure writing is as simple as you go for an adventure and you do some writing. It is a purposeful adventure, just like a normal adventure but you are going to do some writing about it while you’re there.
Here are some strategies on how to bring the five senses into your writing:
First is sight.
Our model for sight is “show don’t tell”. You want to describe what you see around you, that is your sight and you want to show the reader, don’t tell the reader. So, your reader really understands what exactly it felt like to see what you have seen. Don’t simply tell your reader how you feel or what is going on. Write with sight. Show them!
Second is taste.
The best way to describe what something tastes like is by use of metaphors and similes. Describing taste can be a fun way to keep your reader intrigued in the details. So often we neglect or even simply forget to describe the way something might taste or what that taste means.
Third is smell.
I found this trick successful for my students. I believe that even smells can help tell stories. When you begin to describe a scene close your eyes and envision all of the possible smells that surround you. Smells do not only describe food and body odor. They can be used to describe the weather, a room, or a situation. It could be anything, so just start with a smell and then apply it to something around you.
Fourth is sound.
Sound can also be used to denote emotion and physical action. What we hear around us shapes how we interact with the world. Pick up my object first, and try to focus in on what sound its making and try to describe that sound. You can do it either way, you can close your eyes and listen to that sound that is predominant and then find out where that sound is coming from but I like to focus on the object first and really try to narrow down what exactly sound that object is making.
Final sense is touch.
There are two approach in describing the way things feel is just plain fun. Touch can be a whole lot of fun. Best ways to describe touch is through T and T approach which is temperature and texture. You can write about how warm or cold something is. There’s a whole world of adjectives to describe hot and cold. There’s a whole bunch of adjectives you can use to describe the texture of something. Not just soft or rough or smooth or hard. The number of adjectives available are endless.
So what are we using these sensory details for?
We use our senses to describe the world around us. To evoke the five senses can immerse your readers in your story and subtly show them what’s really going on. The point is, we are using our senses to help us do writing that can really make these adventures fantastic.
I hope you try this out!
Next week we will be talking about turning this journals into free blogs, I’ll show you how to do it, step by step.
See you then! Bye!!