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3 Interesting Senses for Your Characters

Hello, writer!

Today, I want to share with you 3 senses that we can use creatively in our writing. These are a bit out of the usual 5 (sight, smell, sound, touch, taste), and I find that these 3 add a whole new dimension to a scene.

1. Temperature

Temperature is so underrated! But it is quite versatile when it comes to writing. It can be used for

  • Direction, such as simply explaining what the character is feeling temperature-wise.
  • To add a layer of emotion to a scene, such as a lonely, sad character feeling the cold chill of winter. Or an aggravated character feeling a stifling summer heat.
  • Misdirection, such as a character that is in a cold room, yet he’s sweating bullets while talking.

I particularly enjoy the last one, since you are showing your reader that this guy is probably lying, without telling or coming right out and saying it. Mystery!

2. Balance

I love when books use balance to tell me how a character feels inside. Someone gets bad news… and the world tilts underneath them. Someone gets their first kiss… and the ground gets all wobbly.

Balance can be used metaphorically to portray emotion, or literally to add movement to your scene.

I’ll never forget when in Slow Burn by Bobby Adair, Zed Zane (protagonist) became sick. But he didn’t just fall down. No. The scene goes:

“I reached for the telephone again to call 911, felt the room suddenly spin, and saw the hideous design on the carpet race up to smash me in the face.”

Didn’t that just feel totally out of balance? I just love Bobby Adair! You can use balance in so many ways to add depth to your story.

3. Intuition

It doesn’t have to be a scary story for your character to feel that something is just … not quite right. Perhaps your character is good at noticing shifting eyes. Or perhaps she’s wound up like a cat and can notice even the slightest movement around her. Who knows where intuition comes from? But we all have it.

Gut-feelings are normal in real life… and quite interesting in a story.

A bit of intuition– that gut-feeling, those hairs raising in the back of the neck, the “I felt you standing behind me” — can make a story (and a character) much more interesting.

What odd senses do you use in your stories? Share in the comments πŸ™‚

Take care and write on,


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10 thoughts on “3 Interesting Senses for Your Characters

  1. This probably doesn’t have anything to do with your topic but I try to keep a flow in my poetry. All the while tell the story but try to twist and keep readers on edge with how certain words rhyme without sounding typical or dumb lol..

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  2. This was some SUPER amazing advice, thank you so much Yari! I’ve never thought about any of this before, so I’ll definitely began putting this into practice when writing my scenes! πŸ˜„

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  3. Well, I’m used to spicing my writings with sensory words.

    Adding these you’ve mentioned wouldn’t hurt one bit.

    I love the real world example you cited. I read it twice to glean understanding.

    By the way, ‘sweating bullets’ cracked me up.

    Thanks for sharing.

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