Monday 27 November 2017

Best of the ACW Archives ~ Creative Nonfiction Part 3

By Nola Passmore

Keeping it Vivid

Last week, I looked at how scenes and dialogue can be used to create story in nonfiction. Vivid imagery can help readers experience the world of your story and give them a reason for staying. Here are some tips for doing that.

The Five Senses

Writers typically highlight sights and sounds when describing a setting, but it’s easy to forget smell, touch and taste. It would be overkill to work all five of the senses into every scene, but see if you can drop in one or two where relevant.

Describing the place where her friend's mother was dying, Lynette D’Amico writes that “death is invisible in the room that smells fur-lined, like a mouse cave. So many candles are burning, the daughters pant and glow.” That brief account gives a sense of what it was actually like to be in the room.

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