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Not much to report from this week (other than today); I've been… - John C. Kirk — LiveJournal
Feb. 20th, 2005
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February 20th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
He said "If you can't see it, hear it, and smell it, then you shouldn't be writing it". [...] However, due to my anosmia, I will never be able to imagine the smells in any story that I write, so by his rules I therefore shouldn't be writing any.
I think what he means is that if, using all the sensory tools at your disposal, you can't visualise something as-close-as-dammit to real life, then when you write the scene it may be lacking. He's saying that you need to be able to put the whole of your _normal_ perception into your writing. A scene needs to feel real to _you_ or it can't feel real to anyone else.