How To Write Believable Characters Without All 5 Senses

Thank you so much for sharing this. I also have friends that are lacking some of the senses. Yet I never thought about writing about them, or creating characters who lack them. Thank you for broadening my scope. Reblogged from

Rachel Poli

It’s not every day we come across a person who doesn’t have all 5 of their senses. Some people are blind, some are deaf, and some are both. Some people have anosmia (no sense of smell), ageusia (no sense of taste), or both.

I have all my 5 senses, so it’s hard to imagine having only 4 or 3 of those senses. And I’m amazed at the people who go through life without all 5 senses simply. Yes, it’s something they have to do, have to get used to and live with, but we, as human beings, tend to take everything for granted.

If someone is born without, for example, sight or hearing they don’t know how different world could be. They live in the same world but view it differently and they live their lives just like everyone else.

But if someone loses a sense or two throughout…

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How To Write Characters With Unique Sensory Quirks

This is great. I have lots of quirks but never thought of sharing them with my characters. I was always labeled as weird when I was a kid. Guess as an adult, I don’t want people to know how weird I am. But it would make my characters more interesting. Reblogged from

Rachel Poli

We all have issues. We all have quirks. It’s part of what makes us human.

Therefore, our characters should have quirks too.

How to write characters with unique sensory quirksWhat exactly is a quirk?

A quirk is an unusual behavior, an out of the ordinary habit. If it was something everyone did, then it wouldn’t exactly be a “quirk.” But I’m not saying no two people can share the same quirk. We all have our likes and dislikes.

But, for the sake of descriptive writing, I’m going to stick with sensory quirks.

And I’m going to talk a lot about myself, so I won’t blame you if you decide to leave now.

What’s a sensory quirk?

I don’t even know if this is a real thing or if I made it up, but I’m going to pretend it is for the sake of this post.

A sensory quirk is just what it sounds like. A quirk that…

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Mystery Monday Reblog: “The Stolen Child” by Sanjida Kay #BookReview #psychologicalthriller

Chris, thank you so much for this review. Now I am going to have to get this book. This is a genre I love reading and it sounds like I can learn a few things about writing as I read (if I can let myself dissect it–may take two reads). Will have to check out her first book too. Reblogged from


Thanks to Jo at mychestbutreadingtree for this amazing review of a awesome-looking psychological thriller – just what I needed for my Mystery Mondays series after spending the weekend with my head deep in water instead of a mystery book

Source: The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay #BookReview

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay #BookReview

Book blurb…

Zoe and Ollie Morley tried for years to have a baby and couldn’t. They turned to adoption and their dreams came true when they were approved to adopt a little girl from birth. They named her Evie.

Seven years later, the family has moved to Yorkshire and grown in number: a wonderful surprise in the form of baby Ben. As a working mum it’s not easy for Zoe, but life is good.

But then Evie begins to receive letters and gifts.

The sender claims to be her birth father.

He has been looking for…

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10 marketing tips for self-published authors #h2e

Great information. Very helpful. Be sure to click on the link at the end of number 1 to get the full article. Reblogged from

How To Ebook

Alison Baverstock, author of How to Market Books, offers her top 10 marketing tips for self-published authors.

10 marketing tips for self-published authors

1. Leave off the marketing for a while

…and produce something worth sharing. It may sound obvious, but it’s only worth marketing content that is worth reading. Ensure your writing is as well crafted as it can be before you make it available.

So prioritize the writing! Make time for yourself and resist all the tempting opportunities your wily brain can come up with. Even washing the kitchen floor can look attractive if you want to avoid getting down to work. I have interviewed a lot of writers over the years and the one consistent thing they had in common was a strong writing habit. Even when they did not feel like it, they sat down and wrote!

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