I loved the discussion from my post yesterday. Thanks Erica for planting the seed. Today’s post follows on information I’ve gleaned from reading other blogs about developing rich descriptions of experiences, places and people.
Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to sail from Shilshole bay through the Ballard locks and into Lake Union on a replica of a tall 2-masted sailing ship. Along with its sister ship, they make an annual pilgrimage here for tours and to put on mock pirate battles on the lake (viewable from my office window).
The trip was a gift from my boss and his wife. (Yes, I’m very lucky!) Since this was my first trip through the locks on a boat, I thought this would be a perfect occasion to use all my senses to experience the trip. I tried to let go of any preconceived notions and just see, hear, smell, feel and - well, there wasn’t anything to taste – but I wanted to really be aware of the whole event.
I don’t normally do something with this in mind, so it was very interesting and I loved it. It actually made the whole thing better. Every time I was aware of something new, I took a picture to remind myself of it. Looking at those pictures now, I can still remember. Thought you might enjoy seeing a few of them.
What do you do to enrich your experiences and therefore your writing?