Edgar Award finalist, Elle Cosimano, author of the Nearly Gone duology, Holding Smoke, The Suffering Tree, and upcoming When We Wake is sharing a writing exercise today. Elle is the master of incorporating emotions in her writing. Because 50% of human communication is nonverbal, knowing how we can use our senses to explain emotions is a powerful writing tool.
Emotion Writing Exercise
Imagine you have Nearly’s ability from Nearly Gone. Choose six emotions and assign each one a corresponding taste and a smell. Be sure to take into account each emotion’s overall quality, as well as varying degrees of intensity. What tastes and smells did you choose and why? How might they change when blended with other emotions? Then take time to describe them in detail.
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