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Writing from the Senses: 59 Exercises to Ignite Creativity and Revitalize Your Writing

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Break through writer's block using your five senses!
The sensory details that infuse our everyday experience—the smell of a favorite dish cooking, the texture of a well-worn coat, hearing a song that reminds you of a person or a time in your life—can be used to add richness and spark to what we write. Whether you are a professional writer (or want to be one) or someone who
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Shambhala (first published September 10th 2013)
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Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN 978-1-61180-044-9

As soon as I saw the title ‘Writing from the Senses’ and read its description, I had to get my hands on this book. I couldn’t wait to delve in and find out the secret to writing a better novel. My glossy review copy with the inviting autumn lake scene on the cover arrived in the mail within two days, and I immediately tore open the package and started right in. Thankfully there wasn’t anything else vying for my attention
Sara Diane
I got this through NetGalley.

I wanted to read this book to get some tips that maybe all the writing teachers I've had over the years had missed. That didn't happen. Deutsch does do a decent job of giving examples of sensory writing, but the exercises focus on free writing (and I, for one, don't really free write). I was looking for more practical exercises on crafting my writing other than the standard sort that I've been encountering since grade school.

For those who are new to writing and who
Marian Lindner
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A terrific guidebook on the path to engaging, beautifully sensory writing. Both for long-term writers interested in reinvigorating their craft and new writers looking for direction on how to hook readers, Laura Deutsch’s book delivers. Because the book is divided into 8 sections – Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch, A Symphony of Senses, Motion and Reworking Your Material - the well-written, engaging and heartfully researched exercises target a writer's immediate needs and are easy to access. My ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Highly recommend the book to all, there is a little something for everyone.

The exercises were interesting and very creative. This book helped me with a workshop that I lead. I would recommend this book as a solid resource book for fellow instructors.
Melanie Faith
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the prompts and anecdotes in this book. I'm using it for a spring 2018 class and can't wait to see what students write based on the chapters, exercises, and prompts. I could see this book being used for individual writers and writing workshops of all ages and levels as well. Kudos!
Jaimee Walls
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A marvelous book on the craft of writing. One of my new top favorites.
Jeanine Joy
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am savoring this book. I read through it once but am now using it as a workbook, taking my time.

Laura makes it so easy to improve the visuals created by the language I use when I write. Using simple props I never thought about before, she leads the writer down a path that easily brings descriptions to mind that are vivid and bring out emotions.

I wish I had this book in high school. I love that I have it now. I would not limit this to a book for writer's. If you want to improve creative writin
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
There are some good writing exercises in this book, many of which focus on using sensory imagery. It got a bit tedious reading about the writer and her personal experiences as a writer. She included many examples from some of her students, but every exercise showcased one of her own pieces as well. Her writing is excellent, but I would like to see more variations of style and less self-promotion. I ended up skipping most of the examples toward the end. It's a good writing tool, but not much diff ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
The exercises are interesting, but it appeared that the majority weren't aimed at the senses. You also had to read a lot of the author's prose to get to the exercises. The author writes lovely, but I was more interested in the free write.

Would recommend this for writing instructors as guides for their classes and workshops.
Tiara Dee
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I honestly experienced so much more than I expected. Each chapter was interesting, well written and engaging. I feel that reading so many examples of great sensory writing has helped me to write better descriptions in both my fiction and my nonfiction. I am thankful for this book.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I found this book a bit uneven. The beginning is excellent, but I felt the writer focussed too much on her personal experiences as the book progressed. I also wish she had varied a bit more some of the writing samples she included.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Will make you want to write....and discover
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Very basic exercises. Even the descriptive passages used as the examples aren't all that good

Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
There are some great ideas in this book. It's a different approach to many other books on writing. I'm looking forward to using the prompts.
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