Thoughts of a wanna-be author and student.

April 26, 2011

V is for Very Maddening and Visions

I'm sure we've all had those group projects where you're the only one doing stuff--or where you and only a few others are doing all the work. Well, that has happened this weekend. We had a dialogue in French and two of my three partners are amazing! But... the other one wasn't quite as into the project as we were. We made it quite easy for her. Just write the questions that we'd already answered for her (which we've done plenty in class) but that didn't happen. So after studying for the test I had today, I stayed up and wrote out her part and then added my part in--which had to happen last. Simply put, I'm not that pleased with her at the moment. But, it's a minor thing! So, it only deserves a paragraph.

I talked about senses pretty recently, and today we're going to go back to the one we all use sooo well: sight! We're all visual people, except those who are blind, of course. But, at the moment that's not the topic. Sight is the sense that people can pick up the easiest because we use it so much. So, how do we make people attracted, intrigued or disgusted with our world?

All the sights in my MS only drive in the fact that everything is plain. Everything is the same. Everything is in shades of black and grey--any bit of color is sparse and most of the time it's dark--it's an overall unattractive world. And that's what I want people to feel. I want them to get that it's not a place you want to live in. It's not where you'd want to grow up or raise your children. So that's what I make sure to show.

How do you guys utilize sight to make people love or hate your world?


  1. I describe things in full color. It's also important to be able to pick just the right word. It sounds obvious but for me, it can be challenging.

  2. Michael - No, I definitely agree that picking the right word is very important. I'm the same way.

  3. That is why I really HATE group work. It doesn't usually show me how easy it is to work in groups, it shows me how much I don't WANT to work in groups, and would rather be a recluse tucked away in some shadowy office somewhere :P

  4. I'm writing a Gothic romance right now and I'm using the sight to mess with the main character. Its kind of fun, actually.
    Edge of Your Seat Romance

  5. I try to use vivid imagery as much as I can when writing if I need something particular painted in a scene. I try to make sure that you are visualizing a scene as you are reading it and not just seeing a bunch ow words laid out before you.

  6. I like using the senses to make the world feel lush and sensual, like you could get drunk on the sights alone.


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