Good writing emotionally connects with its reader. Using the senses is one of the ways to do this. How things look, sound, taste, smell and feel can trigger a whole range of memories and associations and thereby heighten emotion.
Last night, I was thinking about some of my favourite sounds. Here are seven of them.
1. A dog sigh of content when they are curled up asleep.
2. The peal of church bells on a summer’s evening, drifting up the hill to our house.
3. The kettle boiling. Anytime.
4. A tambourine. Much underrated musical instrument but when it is played it elevates a piece of music to another dimension.
5. Uncontrollable laughter – nothing quite like it to lift the spirits.
6. The pop and fizz of an opened bottle of Champagne. Anytime.
7. Coins chinking in my grandpa’s trouser pocket. I can still hear that sound all these years later.
What are yours?