Sensory language is a great way to 'add more detail' and 'be more specific' in your writing.
The examples below are meant for creative writing (stories) but also work well in persuasive writing too, when you want to create a vivid (life-like) word picture.
- Get more detail on how other writers use sensory language here.
- Get a detailed list of interesting and useful vocabulary for sensory language here.
You can also comment on when other writers use it: they use more than one of the senses to create a vivid picture or mood. Find some nice examples of description using sensory language here.
- colour, (hot or cool, clashing, bright, neon, dark, light, pale)
- shape, zoom in on interesting details, e.g. fingerprints in dust, eyeliner smudged as if she’d been crying, hands shaking
- Use adjectives like: musty, damp, stuffy, sweet, sickly, spicy, perfumed, suffocating
- Use verbs like: wafted, filled the air
- sticky, smooth, rough, soft, hard, silky, fluffy, fuzzy, starchy, crisp, corrugated, rippled, abrasive, cracked, etc
- Similes: rough as sandpaper, soft as a jellyfish, moist as a tongue