5-4-3-2-1 Sensory Details to Enrich Settings

Bookmarked How to Brainstorm Scene Location Details from a Panic-stopping Technique by C.L. Polk (

For new setting locations I write up descriptions that I can use not just as backdrop but as elements to bring the reality of the setting forward using a technique i learned to stop panic attacks.

  • 5 things you see
  • 4 things you hear
  • 3 things you feel
  • 2 things you smell
  • 1 thing you taste

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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