Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 Ways to Write Using the Five Senses—Taste

by Cyle Young @CyleYoung

Now that we’ve taken a deeper look at two of the senses, sound and sight. Let’s take a more in depth look at one of the hardest senses to describe in some settings—taste.

All great authors write using the five senses, and the best know how to incorporate just a touch of taste to highlight an emotion, experience, or mood, or to fill out a setting. These masters draw their readers deeper into the world, scene, or setting of a story by embracing utilizing the five unique qualities of taste savory, sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.

The tongue alone has over 10,000 taste buds that are able to work together to taste over 100,000 different flavors. Simply describing a taste as sweet is like describing the Mona Lisa as just “some painting”.

Writers have the ability to create masterpieces out of taste descriptions. A word picture written in a book has the ability to not only connect with the reader, but if done properly, it can cause the reader to salivate or unconsciously experience that same sensation while they read. As an author, you have the ability to be like the famous bell-ringing scientist Pavlov. Each taste you craft into your manuscript helps heighten your reader’s sense of connection to your story world. 

As an exercise take sixty-seconds and write what you taste in the scene shown in this picture.

5 Ways to #Write Using the Five Senses, Taste - @CyleYoung on @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

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Cyle Young is thankful God blessed him with the uniqueness of being an ADD-riddled…SQUIRREL!...binge writer. Not much unlike the classic video game Frogger, Cyle darts back and forth between various writing genres. He crafts princess children’s stories, how-to advice for parents, epic fantasy tales, and easy readers.


  1. at the risk of being too (ahem) bland.... i taste the salt on the spray of the ocean, the fish and lemon on the grill, perhaps a mai tai (although i've never had one and can't describe... LOL)

    1. Yum! I didn't think about the lemon.

    2. I taste the salty water and gritty sand as I trip and fall headlong into the wave on the beach. After rinsing off, I join my family for a picnic, eating savory potato salad and sour pickles. Our happiness at being together is hindered by the bitter memory of 'Grandpa Joe' drowning near here two years ago.

    3. Ahhh sour pickles! :) I like the image of falling headlong into the waves.

  2. Katherine Reay is a master of using the senses. (Bronte Plot) (Jane and Lizzy)

  3. It was sunset, but a storm rolled toward us. The wind blew loose sand in my face. The memory of playing in a sandbox as a child mingled with the familiar summer taste of salt, sunscreen, and sweat on my lips. But never had I tasted dead fish, as I did at that moment ... when the storm pushed the red tide ashore.

  4. Great article! Thanks for the exercise.

    The breath of the approaching storm spit water across my face. The bitter taste of salt and seaweed turned my stomach. Normandy had forever ruined beaches for me. And I had a feeling the approaching storm would be just as devastating.

  5. I taste the warm tropical salty dryness of the sea as the waves broke and raced onto my legs and gone in a flash, leaving a trial of sand like dust on my legs as dry as the salty sea.