Blogger: Mary Keeley
Location: Books & Such Illinois Office
Our senses pick up countless stimuli during the day. Some we’re aware of, some we aren’t. And who knows what our sensory radar picks up while we sleep? Be alert to your sensory reactions as I relay the following account.
I’ve always thought I’m adequately cognizant of my reactions to what I see, hear, touch, smell, and taste, but when tragedy hit close to home recently, I became aware on a deeper level. Because of advancing scoliosis, Kylie, a six-foot tall college super-athlete, planned to spend the summer before her junior year undergoing surgery and rehabilitation to correct her condition. However, when the surgeons stopped halfway through what seemed like a normal procedure to check her status, they discovered the extremely rare risk in this surgery had happened to Kylie. She had become paralyzed.
This news triggered a multitude of emotional responses for me because I’ve known Kylie since she was born. Her hard work earned her scholarship offers in two sports. But she’s now utilizing that work ethic in her physical therapy sessions and is realizing glimpses of hope that movement will return for her. But unless it’s God’s plan to bring glory to himself by healing her, she will have to define herself in a new way.
How well do you really know yourself as a writer? This week I’ll bring up potential triggers to the senses that writers should pay attention to because they can prompt writing ideas. Some are right in your face, like this story. Some could be more subtle, even subliminal.
What subtle reactions did you experience as you read about Kylie’s experience? Visual images, emotions, even sounds or smells?
How might you use awareness of your senses to brighten your writing?
Did this exercise give you insight into solving a writing problem you’re currently dealing with?