In which Jane ushers us into the inner sanctum of craft. First, she tests Robynne about the five senses needed in our rich fiction and creative/narrative nonfiction. Thankfully, Robynne remembered all five (note the non-hesitation when she rattled them off): touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste.
Once those senses were firmly in our little brains, she pulled out the big craft guns: S.E.T.T.
What’s S.E.T.T., you ask? Jane unwraps it beautifully:
- Senses (including all five of them is crucial to giving your reader an immersive experience)
- Emotion (if your scene has no emotion, it’s flat)
- Tension (if there is no tension in your scene, it will also be flat)
- Twist (what unusual detail can you add to shake the scene up a bit?)
Along the way, we talk about the value of The Emotion Thesaurus, and why neither Jane nor Robynne will read or watch scary, tension-filled stuff. Intrigued? Good!