engage your readers

How to engage your readers with deft descriptions

It could be arduous for a writer to write a captivating description of a scene in a story. I’ve mostly avoided giving too much away in description when I write but I’ve now discovered the easiest way to do it.

Do you want to know?

Let’s dig into it

How many sensory organs do we have? ( yes, we need to go back to our biology in school😁). We have 5 sensory organs, namely:

  1. Sense of sight
  2. Sense of taste
  3. Sense of smell
  4. Sense of feel
  5. Sense of hearing

Since in reality, we use all these senses almost at the same time when engaged in tasks, it is only normal to include them in our story description to make our characters real and human.

So, here’s an example:

Nurah walked casually into the class.

Now, let’s include all the sensory organs in the above description. Here goes:

Nurah sees her classmates hanging by the class entrance as the cries of some junior students scrambling on the field to her right reaches her. She tries to appear unperturbed by the stench of urine wafting towards her from the toilets a few classes away. The odour makes her insides clench in revolt as goosebumps appear on her arms making her dread the thoughts of spending another full hour in class.

Can you see the difference between the first and second narration? I bet you can! Always make sure to give your readers something to engage their minds as they go through your work.

That’s all for now.

What do you think of using the complete senses in story description? Have you written a description that took into consideration some or all the senses?

Task

Take a scene from a story you’ve written and apply the above technique to see how lively your scene pops up at you!

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