We're always told to show, not tell. But this little exercise from the book is going to help me think of concrete sensory details to do that. Maybe it will help you, too:
Begin by putting yourself in the mind of your character and focusing on setting.
- What sounds can you hear in this place?
- What is the most distance sound you can hear, the sound that you might not notice if you weren’t paying special attention?
- What smells do you associate with this place?
- What are you wearing? How does it feel against your skin?
- What else can you touch? Not only with your fingertips, but with your whole body-the small of your back, for instance, or the soles of your feet?
- What can you taste?
- What colors do you associate with this place?
- What do you see to the left, overhead, on the horizon?
- What emotions does this place evoke in you?