Sensory Specifics: Writing What The World Looks Like And Sounds Like

Presented by: Pat Wagner

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Program Number: WD 116

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Too many new writers play the brooding hero, devoted to abstractions and internal monologues. Can they describe a pearly sunset when the ash from a raging forest fire turns a red sky to 51 shades of gray? Can they capture the cadence of a nagging parent who returns to old failures like a wheel limping along with a broken spoke? Can they inspire a reader to visit faraway islands with vivid descriptions of black sands, pink cliffs, and transparent lagoons?


  • Introduction: Why Stories Are More Important Than Facts
  • The Key Idea: Describe And Demonstrate What You Think And Feel
  • Translate Abstract Concepts Into Concrete Evidence
  • Visual: Pay Attention To The Real World
  • Auditory: What Do People Really Say?
  • Kinesthetic: Shape, Position, And Movement
  • Authors Who Excel At Visual, Auditory, And Kinesthetic Descriptions


  • Engage readers with specific details.
  • Tell better stories in business writings.
  • Provide concrete examples when you need to sell an idea.

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