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 https://rachelpoli.com

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 https://rachelpoli.com

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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