Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Virginia Woolf's Sensuous Writing Technique

In dialogue as well as in description, a fine novelist must appeal to the reader's senses. Witness, a sensuous description by Virginia Woolf in Between the Acts:
The roof was weathered red-orange, and inside it was a hollow hall, brown, smelling of corn, dark when the doors were shut, but splendidly illuminated when the doors at the end stood open, as they did, to let the wagons in--the long, low wagons, like ships of the sea, breasting the corn, not the sea, returning in the evening, shagged with hay.

Leonardo Da Vinci spent his life experimenting with colors, light, and shadows. So did Virginia Woolf, but using words instead of pigments.
The writing techniques I use are explained in Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers e-book.

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers


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