During 2013, dozens of talented writers are joining me to cheer you on in your storytelling. These guest-writers will share a few helpful words with you right here every Tuesday night, to encourage you as you #TellHisStory. (Come back after midnight to link up your story by clicking here.) And now, I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend Shelly Miller.
Use Your Senses
It was one of my first stories as a paid writer, a feature about a mission trip to Rwanda. I was nervous about how my new boss would critique it; how the literary agent on the trip would like it. When I got her response, my shoulders dropped like a dangling shirt released from the clothes line. Relieved it made it into the basket, not the puddle.
She told me she could see the red dirt clinging to their shoes, feel the bouncy car ride over potholes, the swerve around pedestrians; smell the mysterious red sauce simmering on the coal stove in the dark corner of the one room windowless house. And isn’t this what every writer longs to hear, not just on her first story, but all of them?
When I write a story, I think about how I can describe the scene so that you can see it, taste it, smell it, feel it, and hear it. Words bring life to a story, evoking the senses. Like a pop-up book for the soul.
So, describe where you are and what you are doing right now in the comments using your five senses. Let’s have some fun.
Shelly Miller is a writer, photographer, clergy wife, mother of two teens, and a leadership coach. She writes stories that make people think differently about life and helps women discover call. You can read more on her blog Redemptions Beauty
and at Living the Story
, her column at BibleDude.net
. Connect with her everyday life on Facebook