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    Writing with all five senses august2010   ifbc Writing with all five senses august2010 ifbc Presentation Transcript

    • Writing with all five senses
      Kathleen Flinn
      Author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry
    • Using all five senses
      Most writers rely too much on visuals
      Food writers tend to focus on taste and sight, but neglect smell, sound and the tactile/texture of food yet these are important pieces of information
      The goal of this exercise is to challenge yourself to work harder, to express yourself more fully by considering the impact of a situation or a food with all your senses.
    • Consider the lemon
    • The exercises
      Sight: Describe a lemon to someone who has never seen one before, but without using the word “lemon”
      Texture: Describe the exterior or a slice of lemon. What does it feel like? How would you describe it if you had no sight?
      Sound: Cut the onion in half, then chop it into pieces. Concentrate on the sound. Don’t use the word “knife” or “chopping.” How else would you describe the sound?
      Smell: Bring one of the chopped pieces to your nose. Sniff. Without using the word “lemony” or “citrus”
      Taste: Truly contemplate the flavor. What parts of your tongue are affected? How do you feel after tasting it? What does it remind you of?
    • You can do this exercise on your own.
      Spend three to five minutes on each sense.
      Time yourself.
      The following slides include some of the descriptions captured during this session at IFBC in August 2010.
    • Sight
      From the IFBC participants:
      Dimpled saffron sphere, it[s oval, it’s squashed, it’s nature definition of yellow
      Cheerful yellow globe
      An outie for a belly button
      A handful of sunshine
      Bright yellow
      Profusions in each hole
      Stem end, blossom end
      White pith
    • Smell
      The ocean rushes through my nose, bright crisp
      My hair vibrates from the tart backwash as the wave of aroma leaves my body
      Cleaning crew released on a frat house, and all the smells are scrubbed out
      Tangy acidic floral, softly on the tongue
      Candy-coated tarts
      Bracing, cool
      Nearly tactile
      Cold morning mist
      Clean – more polish than elbow grease
      Freshness like sparkling sailcloth
      Perfume that I always wear that reminds me of Greece, Turkey & home
      Fresh young tender
      Bright vanilla overtones
      Tropical fruit
      Reminded of the scent of fresh sweet peas,
      Sweet captviating determined
    • Taste
      The softest needles that I’ve felt on my tongue
      Pucker shock
      The cleanse leaves me feeling like I just tasted a young beam of sunshine
      The sharp acidity
      Like licking a battery
      Can’t help but to taste it again
      A cool juicy burst of tartness
      Forces my eyes ot squeeze shut
      Aggressive like food bloggers tweeting
      Far from shy
      Sharp bright character
      Makes my nose tingle
      Lips pucker
      Tongue assaulted
      Crisp coolness
      From last night’s red wine marathon
    • Then, consider a recent moment
      and use at least three senses
      Give yourself five minutes.
    • All 5 (or at least three)
      Reeling from the panic of driving into Seattle the first time; the sounds of honking
      Glimpses of people’s faces I recognized from Twitter, vague memory
      After the sip of the cosmo, the heat of the vodka, all was better
      Sweaty forehead
      Regal restrooms with no expectations
      Individually wrapped mints
      Sour fumes
      A plate of gleaming peanut brittle, round taste of caramel, smell hint of sea spray yet tart, the crunch of peanut
      and then shock – smoke!
      Bacon – it’s a cliché, everything is better with bacon
      The lamb cave was in a dark corner of the room
      Stung by blatant display of
      Reduced to caveman status by a rack of lamb, herb garlic meat, pink
      No longer elegant –elemental.
      Clutching my swag, heavy shoulders
      Glass clanking, slippery limes
      Stomach implodes
    • Gone with the Wind – (Margaret Mitchell)“When the twins left Scarlett standing on the porch of Tara and the last sound of flying hooves had died away, she went back to her chair like a sleepwalker. Her face felt stiff as from pain and her mouth actually hurt from having stretch it, unwillingly, in smiles to prevent the twins from learning her secret. She sat down wearily, tucking one weary, throbbing foot under her, and her heart swelled up with misery until it felt too large for her bosom. She could it beat with odd jerks, her hands went cold, and a feeling of disaster oppressed her. She dug her fingernails into the wood of the chair, trying to break through the wood and thankful for its solid nature, reminding her that some things could not change. “No, no, no…” she heard herself gasp repeatedly. Ashley to marry Melanie Hamilton! It can’t be so.”
    • This exercise is from a weekend-long food writing class called “Hungry for Words.” Find out more at kathleenflinn.com
      “Hungry for Words on Whidbey”Food Writing Retreat Nov. 5th-7th 2010
      Whidbey Island, Washington