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Improve Your Writing By Using All Five Senses

Updated on October 28, 2013

Stop What You Are Doing and Close Your Eyes

Just hang with me a few minutes and try this exercise. What do you have to lose? Two minutes is all I’m asking for.

Okay, thank you! Now close your eyes. Take a deep breath and relax. Get as comfortable as possible and clear your mind of the daily detritus.

Now, think back to a time when you had a bite of your favorite cake. What was it, German Chocolate? It makes no difference, just think of the sensation as your lips gently extracted the cake from the fork and your tongue first came into contact with that rich, guilty pleasure. One of the things I love about chocolate cake is that it keeps giving long after the swallow. The flavor remains on your tongue and the sensory pleasure keeps sending signals to your brain, and for a few minutes all is right in the world.

Now open your eyes and remember this: you have five senses, as most of your readers have. We are all sensory beings. Our sight, our hearing, our touch, our smell and our taste, they are the receptors upon which memories are made, and what would life be without memories?

Are you having trouble with writer’s block?

Remember your five senses!

Do you see it?
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See Me

Do you remember the wonder in seeing a rainbow? Have you ever chased one in a car, trying to reach the end of it and the treasures that await you?

Do you remember the sight of your newborn son or daughter? The warm fuzzies that overwhelmed you, holding them for the first time as you looked into their eyes and saw unconditional love looking back at you?

Do you remember the sight of nature? The swiftly flowing stream, the majestic mountains in the distance and the shimmering lake at sunrise; can you see them in your mind’s eye?

Do you remember the look of anguish on the faces of survivors after a catastrophe, or the look of pride as a loved one accomplished the seemingly impossible?

Step outside and look around you. There is an entire magical, mysterious world beckoning you, waiting for you to see the subtle hues and gentle textures.

Can you see it?

Can you hear the children laughing?
Can you hear the children laughing? | Source

Interesting tips on use of verbs

Hear Me

Can you hear the sound of love? Can you hear the sound of pain, joy, confusion and celebration? Are you in tune with the orchestra of life as it unfolds each and every day?

Sit in your garden and close your eyes. Shut out your sight and allow your ears to see for you. The birds sing their songs of life for you. The neighbors living lives of rapture or quiet desperation; can you hear them? The chainsaws preparing for winter; the leaves rustling in the wind; the horns and sirens and shouts, all there for you to inventory and use as inspiration; can you hear them?

Can you hear your departed father teaching you about life? Can you hear your favorite aunt singing as she bakes apple pie when you were five years old, and can you hear the laughter of your children on Christmas day as they open their presents?

Can you hear it?

Do you feel the bonds of friendship?
Do you feel the bonds of friendship? | Source

Touch Me

Can you feel it? Do you remember the first time you touched a worm? A snail? Do you remember the first time you touched your lovers face and felt the beautiful outlines of love looking back at you?

Hold hands with your wife or husband and feel the same feelings you have always felt when you bond with another human being. Can you feel the nerve endings sending continuous signals to the brain, stimulating and manipulating our every move?

Recall the satiny smoothness of silk in your favorite scarf, and the rough, harsh surface of gravel when you fell down running home from school years ago. Can you feel it? Can you feel the tears streaming down your face as your favorite pet died, or the gentle stroking of your hair by your mother in response to that loss?

Do you remember the magic of that first kiss when lips touched lips and a whole new world of experience unfolded? Do you remember the caressing, the exploring and the climax of consummated love?

Can you feel it?

I find this gentleman quite informative

Can you smell the rich soil?
Can you smell the rich soil? | Source

Smell Me

Can you smell the coppery scent of blood when you cut yourself so many years ago? Can you smell the aftermath of death even though it has been fifteen years since your brother died? Do you remember?

Think back to homemade bread at grandma’s house and the turkey slowly basting in the oven for so many Thanksgivings; can you experience now the sensory stimulation of cinnamon and nutmeg as the pies are placed on the countertop to cool during the holiday seasons of your youth?

Can you smell your own fear when you faced your biggest challenge; do you recall, now, the scent of your own sweat as your body transformed into “fight or flight” mode?

You turn the soil over now in gardens long past and smell the rich soil, and the smell of burning leaf piles on a fall morning; and can you smell the approaching snowstorm as it rushes down the valley towards your house?

Can you smell it?

Can you taste it?
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Taste Me

Juicy cheeseburgers, delectable banana bread, scrumptious tart pie and the richness of a chocolate milkshake; can you taste them?

Lemonade or frosty beer on a hot summer afternoon; steaming cocoa on a cold winter’s night; eggs and bacon on a fall morning; and strawberry shortcake on a fine April evening; can you taste them?

Lips and tongue explore the contours of your lover’s body, storing memories that will last a lifetime; do you taste it? The downy cheek of your newborn as you gently kiss away their salty tears; do you remember?

Taste the salty air as you stroll along the beach and taste the first snowflake as it drifts down from the heavens and lands on your tongue; yes, indeed, you remember now don’t you?

The inspiration for this article

Commonalities Are the Key

Writers write and readers read and hopefully there is a joining of efforts, a mutual give and take as a message is sent by the written word and received by those in need of entertainment, instruction or stimulation.

Writers of all genres would do well to remember that we all have similar memories, and those memories are based on our senses. Our senses “sensed” and then categorized and filed away information that will be with us for a lifetime, and the smart writer will remember that as he/she goes about the daily grind of putting words to paper.

Would you like to make an impact on your readers? Speak to their sensory memory!

It makes no difference what your field of writing is; speak to the senses. Are you a recipe writer? Speak to the senses. Are you a travel writer? Speak to the senses. Are you a poet or a short story writer or a dispenser of how-to information? Speak to the senses.

The more common ground you find with your readers, the better they will be able to relate to what you are writing, and there is no more common ground than the five senses that we all have.

Speak to the senses!

Take a few minutes and try this exercise. Close your eyes and relax in your favorite chair. Now imagine yourself as a successful writer with worldwide fame and adulation. Or just imagine you, as a writer, reaching all of your goals in writing. Can you imagine it? Do you want it?

Speak to the senses!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I couldn't agree more and try os hard to think of commonalities with others when I do write and share. And using one's senses is a perfect way to indeed connect. Thanks for this great article and reminder of this here today. Hoping your day is starting out well now, too!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Not only is this a great writing exercise Bill but as you try it you start remembering all kinds of things! Then as each thing starts to grow in your mind, more follow it's like a freight train adding one car after another!

      This is probably the easiest and best writing exercises yet sensei. I can see minds filling up with memories and thoughts as they read.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting, pinned and shared.

      P.S. Thanks for the mention in yesterday's blog! I'm honored.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, always the first to appear. Good morning my faithful friend. Thank you so much and I hope you have a great Wednesday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank you very much. I tried to make this a little more than a writing exercise so it's nice to hear you say that. And you are very welcome about the mention; friends support friends.

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      This is beautiful, Bill! I suffer from writers block all the time, so I will definitely try this! Thanks =)

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      And don't forget the mysterious sixth sense. You could probably write an entire screenplay on that one. Ohhhhhhh . . .

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful thoughts laid out for us readers here. I really like blocking out senses in order to renew and invigorate them anew. And to focus on the others. I am just bit crazy so relating to others is a chore ;-)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Using all five sense is a great approach when writing and not everyone can or would think of writing in that way. Good suggestion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lisa! Close your eyes....what do you see? It's that simple. :) Have a great day, Lisa!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, shhh....don't tell anyone....I see dead people.

      It's true!

      :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Eric, I have the feeling you can do it....and do do it.....:) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE....the senses are something we all have in common...why not write to them? :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good habit-forming helps here. I will definitely put this into practice more often. I've been trying to do this on the subject of rain. Thanks for your valuable help! Voted up.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Ok, thanks. Now I need to go get something to eat! LOL No seriously, yes, that's definitely what keeps us going. Speaking to someone else through words and achieving a connection with a reader.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, buddy!

      Your dynamite writer's aid article reminds me why I love walking and writing so much. Both activities invite one to savor the senses we are blessed with. Thanks so much, Bill, for constantly reminding us to never overlook what is right in front of and within us. I want to appreciate what I have while I can still have it, not pine for it regretfully after a sudden loss.

      Such memorable imagery here...ah, the power of the written word! You rock, Bill! Aloha on yet another hump day when, lo and behold!, America moves on even as the fat cat politicians shut down.

      ~Joe

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I've been singing "See Me, Feel Me" by The Who throughout this hub. Your words have brought music to my mind. Great lesson, Bill! And, you're right - the videos were very interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, it is always a pleasure. Thank you so much for stopping by and blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, have a snack for me as well. I'm trying to cut back on intake but I can live vicariously through you. :)

      Have a great day and thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Somehow, Joe, we manage to be happy no matter what D.C. does....go figure!

      Thank you buddy! It's a great day to be alive; is it not? Have a great walk! The rain continues here but we get some relief after today.

      Aloha and thanks always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I was going to include that song in the hub and forgot. LOL Old age is so unkind. :)

      Thanks my dear; have a fabulous day.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      What a wonderful teacher you are! This is one thing I forget to remember... writing with my senses. I tend to write mainly non-fiction articles. But, after reading this article, I can see how including the senses can be effective even when presenting factual information.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, it's a bit tougher in non-fiction articles if talking about real estate for example....but still....on things like property descriptions, I think a little bit of sensory enticement would help. :)

      Thanks as always and I hope your day is blessed.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      This is great! So, so important, not only when writing but for living! Teaching dyslexics is best done using all the senses; doubtless you know it's actually called multi-sensory teaching. Shame not every teacher in every school does it for ALL their pupils. Not only should a writer feel it but impart it too. Inspiring writing, as always, bill. Ann

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the reminder for writers to use our five senses. We tend to forget them.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Thanks Bill. I shall make a real effort. This is my downfall I am unable to visualise. Great as usual.

      Graham.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What a great reminder of how to utilize our senses in writing. I have been inspired many times by one sense or another particularly smell and taste for several beauty recipes. They can be linked to memories so vividly I find. Thanks my friend for such wonderful words and for photos you have included! All work in unison and yes I did your exercise before replying and I could taste my mums Christmas desert of "pineapple pud" as she called it and want to make it NOW!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, what a great example. I have heard it called multi-sensory teaching, and it is such an important concept when dealing with students. Thank you my friend and enjoy the rest of your day in England.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, we do, Mary, and they are so important in connecting with our readers. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then Graham, step outside and experience and leave the visualization to someone else. You are a poet at heart my friend; feel and then write. :)

      Thank you Graham!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, I suspect this comes naturally to you. You strike me as a very sensual human being, and your beauty product articles are made for this. How do they feel against the skin....that sort of thing.

      Thanks Irish and enjoy the rest of your day.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Nice! You really brought it alive! Thank you! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Randi! I appreciate you stopping by.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      I do agree about the importance of writers and wannabe writers using all five senses, but I must admit, Bill, I got hung up on your mention of German chocolate cake. So now I'm off to the bakery to satisfy that desire. Will think of you as I munch away. Promise!

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome points BIll. I can feel the sea breeze drifting ashore, flowing over the land and through my soul as I write this comment.

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I can always count on you. :) Munch away my friend and no, I don't expect you to save any for me. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I imagine you can where you are. :) Thanks buddy and I hope you are well.

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      Benjamin Chege 3 years ago

      Hi Billybuc. Voted up, useful and awesome. It is very true when you utilize all your 5 senses, you achieve your best. I like using the analogy of revising for a mathematics test. Reading and doing practice questions (2 senses: sight and touch) helps you more than reading your notes like a novel (only 1 sense: sight). Having the practice questions done in a discussion group (3 senses: sight, touch and hearing) is even more effective. Meaning the more the senses you use in your work the higher the chances of success. Nice read.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I went and hug Greg...he said "I needed that hug!" Don't tell him it was after I read this hub.

      Great hub!!

      I try to use my six senses, but my problem now is getting worse with English and Spanish fighting their way out.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I agree you are so right. There is so much we could write on if we just use our 5 senses. My problem I forget to do that. Billy I thought I was following you and noticed I wasn't it seems I was before. I get most of your hubs in my feed. Anyway I will follow again. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Benjamin, that is a great analogy and so correct. This is a great way to make contact with readers because we all have our senses and can relate. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, bravo for knowing two languages. I'm just Mr. Ignorant with only English to my credit. :) Tell Greg that hug was from me. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Moonlake, I'm not sure how that happens but it has happened to me as well...in fact, I went to your site and found I wasn't following you and I know darn well I was in the past. It's just HP playing with our minds again. LOL Good to see you here; thank you!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      What a super article, Bill. You come up with the best information to

      help writers. And, that writer is usually me! How could I forget some of the basics of writing? (I am kind of in a slump with my book.)

      Now, if you could give me more than 24 hours in a day, I would be a

      happy gal.

      So, are you going to have cake or pie for your birthday, tomorrow?

      I think the least you could do is send each of us a piece of desert.

      I will be a very busy girl tomorrow, so, I shall wish you an early greeting;

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILL!

      DJ.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, thanks to this brilliantly useful treatise I am remembering the buttery redolence of my Mom's freshly-baked bread. Many other sensory recollections also filled my brain as I contemplated your messages.

      Well done my friend! The one sense I most often overlook is that of smell. I have much work to do on this subject, and I thank you for the reminders. By the way, I really enjoyed both videos ;) Pearl

      Voted Up++++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No worries DJ...my birthday isn't until the 13th. You have more than enough time to go out and buy me a present. LOL

      I'm glad you liked this one....hope it helps you get out of your slump.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Pearl...so good to see you my friend. Are you busy getting your bird world ready for winter? I think winter is already here in Washington. We skipped right over fall.

      Glad you enjoyed this one...fresh baked break...oh what a delightful smell. :)

      bill

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Wonderful blog! I know my novels lack the taste and smell. I'll have to keep your advice in mind and write some of that stuff into my next one.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful hub Bill, thank you for sharing this with us.

      Blessings and smiles to you my dear friend :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheila! Good luck with that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, my faithful friend, thank you so much. Blessings and hugs coming your way.

      bill

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      Tom Schumacher 3 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Excellent hub for freelance writers! Emphasizing the subject matter by accentuating the five senses through the use of appropriate adjectives makes for more interesting reading. Voted up.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Great article! I love getting into the scene and experiencing it with every sense. I find it also adds depth to get into the heads of every character in the scene as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It does indeed, Tom, and thank you for your comment and visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cygnetbrown, obviously I agree with you...it adds depth and creates interest and that should be a goal of every writer. Thank you for your comment.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello Billybuc .

      After each time closing of my eyes, using five senses instantly conjugated sixth " which in my " previous life " writing has been my niche and that's where the trouble begins. In stable mental/emotional balance I relate to the spiritual/eternal as living reality never disappointing me...

      Voting awesome, beautiful,useful and high up.

      Have great and peaceful evening.

      Forever grateful, Michael

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      Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Bill,

      Came here after seeing this hub featured in the HubPages Weekly and am glad I did.

      I agree that speaking to the senses in our writing helps us create a bond with the reader and literally breathes life into our written words.

      When I proofread my short stories I specifically look to see if I've incorporated the senses into my writing because it is easy to forget to do so during the initial writing.

      Am voting this hub up across the board except for funny.

      Also sending Hub Hugs Your Way.

      I expect to see your name among the Hubbie Award winners...the only suspense is in which category you'll win as you could fit in so many of the categories!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, thank you for your very personal comment. Some day perhaps we can meet, and sit as friends and discuss life. I would enjoy that.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Gail!

      Thank you for the kind words. I love it here at HP and I don't give much thought to the awards. I have received far more than I have given here at HP. It's been a great ride and a huge part of that ride is in meeting people like you. Thank you so much for your friendship.

      hugs back atcha

      bill

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      Carolee Samuda 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Wow, I have been practicing! You are now my favorite teacher, I'll bring an apple to class next time. :))

      When I did a writing course some 13 years ago this was a part of the lesson. As I read your hub I recall being told how to use our senses to express our writing. It allows our readers to connect with the characters.

      Thanks Bill, have a great evening.

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      stephensaldana 3 years ago from Chicago

      Great hub Billy! I'll keep this info in mind on my next post. Thanks!

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      Leona J Atkinson 3 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Very good ! You had all my five senses engaged! Really enjoyed reading. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cardisa, you have a much better memory than I do. I don't remember much from my writing classes. LOL Or maybe I learned from osmosis and don't realize it. Whatever; I'm glad you enjoyed this one and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Super, Stephen. Glad to hear it will help you. Thanks again for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's what I like to hear, retired...thank you!

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      memel03 3 years ago from Cary, NC

      Thanks so much for this detailed Hub! I'd like you to take a look at mine and tell me what you think; do I appeal to the senses??

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Oh, you just spoke to all of my senses! Nostalgia overtook me as I read about each of them.

      I know when I read a book, the ones that speak to me the most are the ones that address more than just sight and sound.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great night. Tomorrow is Thursday- the week is almost over!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, it is such a basic part of writing, and such an important part, and yet many writers leave it out....sometimes the most obvious things are the ones we ignore. :) I'm glad you liked this. Have a great remainder of the week my friend. It is good to see you upbeat again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do that meme...thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the lovely hub and for all the great suggestions, Bill! You share so many helpful ideas with us.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill ~ You certainly help me to spread my wings and fly. (Still working on nailing that introduction.) I'm brimming over with excitement after this stellar lesson from you. And I might add - you've used all five senses here and that spells 'inspiration.'

      Can't possibly thank you enough dear friend. But I can certainly send you genuine, unconditional love and wish you happy days!

      Hugs and lovely thoughts ~ Audrey

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      IAmForbidden 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very informative article and one can really learn a lot how to use our sense to write better. excellent!

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      Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Lovely writing that was a journey in itself. Thanks for the memories Billy !

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      billybuc, this is a brilliant piece of writing. I found it very moving because it literally touched my senses. It read like poetry. You are gifted in the way you teach and entertain simultaneously. Thank you for another amazing tutorial. Love it. Voted up, useful, and beautiful.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, yes, let us not ever forget our five senses. It is amazing to me that when one loses one of the senses that the others are intensified, such as a blind person. We all need to tap into that and let it flow through our writing.

      Thanks for the great reminder here. Excellent article as always.

      Have a great day and enjoy all those senses of life... what a beautiful gift God has given to us indeed!

      Can you smell success!

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Aga 3 years ago

      "Reading Is To Writing As Whipped Cream Is To Pumpkin Pie"... I like your blog Bill!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Another excellent hub, Mr. Bill

      Another excellent hub, Mr. Bill! When I taught writing, I used to do a lesson on using and and then writing vocabulary to affect the five senses. This is an important lesson you give here, Bill. Thank you so much and your photos are great also.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I,along with others, terrific writing experience. Sometimes we forget about using all five senses particularly if you're writing fiction is is important to include each one. Awesome hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Samita, thank you so much. Best wishes to you dear lady.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, what good are ideas if we keep them to ourselves? I'm happy to help. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I will take unconditional love any old day. What greater gift is there? Thank you and I will check out your new hub shortly.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spy, it is good to see you again. I hope this is helpful. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, it is my pleasure. Thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, thank you very much. I have been given a gift, and writing is a gift to me, so I plan on doing it until the day comes when the music dies. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I cannot smell monetary success, but my being here at HP is definitely success, and my heart warms because of friends like you. Thank you!

      blessings and love always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Monis. I'm really happy that you like it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thank you for the confirmation. Coming from a teacher that is high praise. I appreciate you very much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Pamela. The hard work is in doing it with non-fiction, but it can be done. A simile here; a metaphor there; yes, it is possible. Thank you!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      You covered the importance of the senses in an amazing way. It's so true. I have a decent memory, but I don't remember books too often. I will, however, remember them when they use the senses to describe a scenario. Great job here!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Advice to live by as writers. Thanks, bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, thanks again for the visit....I hope this helps you. Your new hub about animals as children certainly played well to the senses. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok....I can see some of this in your short stories. Keep working at it my friend.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      My writing instructor always told me to use my five senses while writing. Thanks for this reminder.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! By reading this, it reminded me of the smell on Christmas time when my mother was still alive and was preparing something for our dinner. All the senses I have, I used. Thank you Bill. I will surely remember all my senses in writing. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I always enjoy hearing that another teacher or instructor taught the things I believe. Thank you for that affirmation and I hope your weekend is a good one.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, you are a gifted writer and I'm sure you will find this very easy to do. Thank you for the visit and I hope your weekend is all you want it to be.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 3 years ago from India

      Very true, a writer must feel all his five senses. Awesome article. Thanks for sharing. . .

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are so right. There is so much stimulus out there. Ask any blind person,and they will tell you the same.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      anupma, thank you so much. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Deb! Take away one of the senses and the others multiply.....thank you and I'll see you at the lake later on today.

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      sybol 3 years ago

      Thank you for pointing this out. I am going to remember to speak to the senses. I know how important this is because I work with children and I try to make sure that I plan activities that will involve the senses.

      sybol

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sybol, excellent analogy...just like working with kids....just consider all of your readers big kids. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Amanda Littlejohn 3 years ago

      Great advice Bill - and this applies to all writing, doesn't it? Not just fiction.

      And hey, congratulations on being voted Best Hubber! I kinda knew it would be you. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      stuff4kids yes, it applies to all writing for sure, and thank you for the congratulations. I am a happy writer today.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Sense memories...excellent, hub, Billy. :-) And congratulations on your Hubber Award! Richly deserved, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Genna. I was just about to head over to your new hub. Nice timing! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love this post. Taking in all the sensory experience available will help to write with passion and creativity. I am going to use this in my next English class with students. By the way, I could taste the pies -- yum! And, Happy pre-Birthday. Hope it is all good and much, much more.

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Very interesting hub

      It will help me with my next writing.

      I do try to write my poems with my senses though so I know what you mean, but not as deep as you mentions.

      Thank you for these tips

      Laurie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna and I would be honored if you use this in your English class. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laurie, you are very welcome. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Now I'm going to have to try this exercise this afternoon. I always like the way you put things in writing that people may or may not do unknowingly. Also for some reason this hub reminds me of a great Who song from Tommy...See me Feel me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, the Who's song was the impetus for this hub. Glad you felt the connection. :) And I'm glad you are a follower and friend of mine as well.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Ha! I did not even see the video at the end. Sheesh I'm an idiot! Oh well, it shows you how well it was written and how it drew me right to that song.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I love it....LOL Thanks for the laugh!

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      A very good hub. This is a wonderful idea. I'll try this. By the way, I love chocolate cake too:)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Doc! I think you'll be pleased with the results....and yum to chocolate cake. :)

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      Eric Calderwood 3 years ago from USA

      It certainly is a good idea to sit and think about the words we write. I'm inspired by your hub to add the five senses to my writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric. I love to hear that people are inspired.

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      Thanks for the great ideas! It makes sense to write using our five senses. I'll keep this in mind when I am writing. So much to learn!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, it is my pleasure. Thank you for commenting and for following.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Another important message well written and I will make sure all my 5 senses remain working, at the same time. Thank you for sharing the inspiration! Up, tweet and shared with all who need to know.

      (just about everyone) Blessings.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo. It's always nice of you to stop by and say nice things. I appreciate it.

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      dragonflycolor 2 years ago

      I refuse to "smell you" after you've worked an afternoon on your urban farm, lol. Some great tips here, Bill. The English language is filled with the five senses and we need to use more of them!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's okay, Mari. I wouldn't want you smelling me, so we're even. LOL Have a great weekend, funny lady.

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