Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Getting to know your senses.
Technically, I wouldn't need a blindfold. I could just remove my contacts and everything beyond eight inches in front of me becomes a blur.I'm also clumsy so blindfolding myself and walking around my house would be quite comical. My kids would be running around like they were just let out of a cage, I would wind up tripping over the cat then tripping over the other cat, walking into a wall, falling down the steps, you get the picture but I wanted to try this in some form.
So, here is what I did. When I think of it and I have even two minutes of silence, I shut my eyes and tap into my senses. For example, pumping gas into my car. I shut my eyes and tap into the sounds, the touch, the smell. There's not much to taste so I didn't get into that one. When I sit in the middle of the night while my son goes back to sleep. I listen, touch, smell, taste (my mouth is usually dry, so again not much else.) You can do this anywhere-- although I wouldn't recommend it driving or using some sort of equipment. Keep it safe people. The public may give you a few stares but --hey this is research.
If you can write down your findings with detail descriptions, do it. This has helped me tremendously. I could feel my MCs before and now when I write a scene I can really feel them. It is helping me open my mind and forcing me to not only write but to feel. I also approach writing a scene differently than I did before. I write the dialogue and set myself into the scene, thinking about what my MC's senses are going through.
Have you tried this exercise?
Has it helped you?
That's all I got today. The photo is there for you to think about what sights, sounds, smells, feelings, tastes you might experience in that setting. Okay, I had trouble uploading a photo. Have a great day!