Sensual Fiction

February 20, 2008

Sometimes, writers end up actually talking to people instead of pecking at their keyboards. I’ve been putting together a workshop on writing sensual fiction. While a good part of the workshop will be devoted to crafting sex scenes that advance the story and reveal character along with body parts, another section of the workshop will deal with writing in a way that engages the senses.

Today at my writing group, we were prompted to write a scene where a sci-fi character who leads a bleak life with little light, little food and virtually no sensory stimulation finds a vial of–of all things!–cinnamon. Here’s my 5 minute sketch:

The smell made her light-headed with its stinging sweetness. She shoved the stopper back in the vial. The essence lingered and she took it in down to her toes. Was that how the poison worked, the intoxicating fragrance tempting the victim into sucking ever more in? She pulled the cork from the vial and held it to her nose. The smell made her soft palate ache, but it was a good kind of ache, somehow. If it killed her, she had to taste it.

She put the stopper to her tongue and fireworks crackled in her mouth. She sank down into the corner of her barren room, drunk on the aroma, wallowing in it.

She didn’t mark the time passing, but she realized the scent was fading. Tears stung her eyes as she secreted the vial in her pocket. She’d never sell it, no matter how hungry she got. It was the finest thing that had ever happened to her. 

That night for the first time in her life, she dreamed in color. Brown-skinned girls balanced thick bundles of long brown sticks wrapped in bright colored shawls and the breeze was the sweet breath of the Spice Islands cutting through the stink of ship’s tar and oakum. 

OK, now it’s your turn. Your character is smelling cinnamon–or anything pungent of your choosing–for the first time. Engage my senses.

Advertisements

3 Responses to “Sensual Fiction”

  1. damyantig said

    That’s a fine piece of a prompt:). Would come back and post if I manage to write something!

    http://amloki.blogspot.com
    http://amloki-links.blogspot.com

  2. Wow. That was a great ‘sketch’. As it is 11pm, I will have to remember to come back to take you up on the challenge (my brain starts winding down at this time of night). I enjoyed this!

  3. dianagroe4emilybryan said

    I’ll be waiting!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: