In the next drafts, I go deeper, layering smells, tastes and touches on the pages too.
You know the basic senses:
Sight - but some people are colour blind while others “see” the word Monday as red. (This is called synaesthesia).
Sound - and the direction of where sounds are coming from.
Smell - evokes memories as well. This is the first sense that develops - even before a baby is born.
Touch - a strong sense from birth. Babies use touch to see (putting things in their mouths) because their eyes aren’t fully developed yet.
Taste - we have between 2,000 and 8,000 taste buds each. Taste is also strongly linked with smell AND taste doesn’t work if our mouth is completely dry. You need saliva to taste anything. This is probably why, when we smell something delicious, our mouth starts watering.
1) Have some fun writing a story without using sight. What other senses do you use instead?
2) Write a story all about tasting new things. What do they taste like? Do they remind you of other foods? Do they bring back memories?
|Picture Credit and loads more info here|
We have so much more than the basic five senses. All of these are senses too:
Balance - ie, falling over or keeping your balance.
Stand up, put your arms out, then raise one knee. You will find your bady can still balance on one leg.
Now do it with your eyes closed. How hard is it to balance? That's because your sight also helps you keep your balance. The other part is the inner ear - there's a tiny amount of liquid in the inner ear that gives us balance - or vertigo if it’s damaged.
Temperature. We can touch something and feel how hard and soft it is, but we can also feel the temperature around us all the time. Is it hot or cold in here? Mum’s always telling you to put your jacket on but you don’t feel the cold???
Proprioception - this is a big fancy word to say we know where our body is in the space we’re taking up. Without having to look, we know our arm is leaning on the table, we know where our feet are. We can cross our feet without having to look at them first to make sure they’re going the right way. Some people can type on a keyboard without having to look where the letters are because they know where their fingers are in the ‘space’ around them.
Close your eyes and touch your finger to the end of your nose. You don’t have to see it to do it. This is where your senses step in and help you.
Pain - we have pain receptors in our body that tell us when something is wrong with our body. We fall off the monkeybars and our foot is killing us. It’s our body's way of making us take the weight off and rest our foot until it’s healed.
Time - you know how sometimes time flies or it drags? This is also a sense. It’s our brains processing the passing of time.
Not strictly a sense, but everyone feels various amounts of:
Emotions - Our brains process emotions and feelings. We’re happy when we see friends and have a good time, we’re miserable when we’re hurt. We also have mixed emotions when we remember events from the past, or anticipate what’s coming up tomorrow.
For example, an assignment is due tomorrow, you’re nervous about whether the teacher will give you good marks. On Tuesday night you’re having a sleepover, so you’re excited about staying up late and playing Plants vs Zombies all night.
By using more than our basic senses in a story, we create a real world for the character and the reader. Too many senses all at once can become confusing, but not enough can make the story feel underdeveloped.
It's up to you to find the balance.
Animals and plants with extra senses:
Echolocation - bats and some other animals can sense where they are - even in flight - by detecting the speed of soundwaves bouncing off cave walls.
Electroreception - sharks and platypus can sense changes in the magnetic fields around them - or even create magnetic fields.
Magnetoreception - birds migrate using this - aligning themselves to the earth’s magnetic fields.