Hi, I’m Ms Nellie from Lil’ but Mighty and today, let’s look at how we can paint a picture in the reader’s mind by using our five senses. All our narratives take place in a certain setting where the main character can be found. For instance, we could start off our story by describing the main character in the school canteen. Apart from saying that he was queueing in the canteen waiting for his turn or eating his lunch, how else can we use the five senses to help us create a vivid image in the reader’s mind?
When we use the 5-senses descriptive technique, we do not necessarily have to include all five senses into a piece of descriptive writing. Instead, we usually pick two to three key senses. Most of the time, we would describe the sights and then we will either choose sound or smell. The choice of which sense to use is dependent on the setting or place.
For example, if we describe a canteen or food court, we can use sight, smell and taste considering that there’s a variety of food being prepared and served. However, if the story setting is a park or playground, then it would make more sense to use sight and sound instead.
Now let’s try to apply the 5-senses descriptive technique to the situations in the video!