Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday's Inspiration - Looking at the Senses - Taste #MFRWauthor
For me describing taste is probably the hardest one to do. Some of the reason for this is because I write some fantasy. There are stock words to use such as sour, salty, sweet, bitter but how does one describe chocolate or coffee when the world one is writing about isn't the world we know. There is one trick I've found and that's to make the name of the taste one is trying to describe as close to the substance one is describing.
I've used variations on coffee like cafene and then went on to describe the aromatic bitterness of what the person was drinking.
Chocla. sweet and smooth or smooth and bitter are other ways to make the reader think of chocolate and once they have this image describing how the character's taste buds react to the item becomes more evident to the reader.
But using taste is one of the ways of bringing the reader into the story. So when describing something don't forget this fifth of the senses. You can enrich your story and bring the reader's responses into what you're writing.