If you’ve ever watched a cable cooking show you’ve no doubt heard the expression “we eat with our eyes.” Okay, on the surface that just sounds… disturbing but it’s also a nicely stated metaphor. If we like what we see on our plates we’ll likely enjoy the taste of it more.
The senses should always be consulted when writing—certainly creative writing. I heard the phrase “crunchy writing” the other day and fell in love! I instantly thought of sarcastic, abrasive, no-nonsense, even rude and I had a character all lined up. Just as words like mushy, salty, tart, cold, stiff and sharp evoke an immediate image of the writer, the character or the story to follow.
As a writer, if you are feeling, hearing, seeing, tasting and smelling the things you’re writing about your reader will too. Write crunchy!
Teachers of English and grammar discuss this concept with your students. Then go to www.grammarpunk.com to for more tips for making grammar fun.