Frog music and the power of ten

Posted: July 2, 2015 in Writing Boost
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This is a prompt and great reminder of using five senses into our writing. Thank you, also, for adding the beautiful five more magics: think, speak, laugh, feel and love! 🙂

M. M. Rochford

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I went to a wedding recently set in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. It was a hot afternoon and towards the end of the evening I wandered down to a row of grapevines and looked up to see a black sky full of endless glittering stars. Only in the country can you see the night sky at its majestic best. After a few minutes I noticed something else – the slow steady chorus of sound welling up around me until all I could hear was the throaty croak of frog music from the nearby dam.

I realised then just how important sound is in conveying a sense of place when writing. It’s just as important as the visual picture we draw with words in a scene.  That night made me think about all the five senses we have to work with when writing –  to see, hear, smell, touch…

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