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Fiction focus: Appealing to the senses

Get in touch with all the senses to add dramatic flavour to your fiction writing, advises author Margaret James

How do you feel?

Dramatic, I hope – well, that’s if you’re a novelist – because a novel is a drama. It’s emphatically not a simple, matter-of-fact account of what happens to your characters. It’s a dramatisation of what happens to them, showing the reader how they act out their stories.

A good novel takes its reader on a journey. It does this by appealing to the reader’s six senses: to the usual five and to this reader’s sense of drama, too.

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