Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Combining senses

Try combining smell, taste and touch words with sound or speech words. See what kind of attention perking images you can come up with .... a gingery drawl, a raw sigh, crisp chatter ...

SMELL TASTE TOUCH SOUND SPEECH
sweet
balmy
earthy
rotten
fishy
scented
spicy
piney
reeking
fragrant
sharp
tempting
spoiled
moldy
perfumed
fresh
pungent
sickly
oily
bittersweet
crisp
fruity
overripe
buttery
hearty
ripe
tangy
burnt
salty
mellow
bland
raw
gingery
bitter
sugary
sour
hot
peppery
cool
spongy
mushy
thick
hot
thin
fuzzy
crisp
slippery
satiny
icy
soft
rubbery
elastic
feathery
tough
silky
sandy
oily
waxy
furry
tender
woolly
wet
gritty
rough
smooth
warm
dry
prickly
furry
damp
steamy
velvety
sharp
fleshy
dull
hairy
leathery
sticky
sigh
growl
bump
smash
bark
clink
murmur
crash
thump
rasp
roar
mute
whisper
thud
boom
clash
blare
still
whir
pitter-patter
thunder
jamble
racket
hush
rustle
thwap
bang
bawl
bleat
hubbub
stutter
screech
whisper
stammer
snort
whimper
giggle
bellow
talk
laugh
chatter
speak
sing
murmur
drawl

From Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke. A hundred ideas honed in workshops at schools for playing with words, with examples from kids. The exercises are nterspersed with pep talks from writers, many of them children's writers. You can tell she's a poet since her word lists are luscious :-D
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