Use Synesthesia

What's Happening in the Next Room?

This week's tip is:

Use synesthesia to make your description pop

I've written before about the magic of synesthesia here before, but it's time for a refresh. For those of you who don't know, synesthesia is the crossing of the senses, or the use of different sense-language to describe sensory experiences. Many people seem to have this as a brain phenomenon; for example, some people feel that numbers have different colors associated with them, or that musical notes have a feel. If used carefully, crossing your sensory language can make your description feel unusual, fresh, and exciting.

Here are some examples:

A blue sound from the trumpet
The loud orange paint on the wall
The smoky taste of a cold winter's night

You can use synesthesia to make us hear food, taste color, or feel music. It will enormously improve your reader's experience of the details you want him to feel. So why not try it already? Start noticing in your own life if tastes have a sound or colors have a smell, and put it in your writing.