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Editor’s Corner: In The Realm Of The Senses With Shawn MacKenzie

Calling all writers…you cannot afford to miss these Editor’s Corners with Shawn MacKenzie. Personally, I am paying deep and humble attention. Thank you Shawn for your great advice and for your column on Plum Tree Books.

MacKENZIE's Dragon's Nest

In the Realm of the Senses

Scribe small“Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.” …. Sir William Osler, M.D., C.M.

Last night I was watching the cats play with the chinchillas (a special birthday treat for the kittens). Claws sheathed, eyes wide, ears forward, whiskers twitching, and mouths open to taste the air, they were totally in the now, absorbing the experience with every sense at their disposal. The chins, too.  kids

Oh, the lessons we learn from our companion critters everyday!

Try though we might to place ourselves on a separate, gilded rung of the evolutionary ladder, we human beings are still animals. Like other furred, feathered, or scaled creatures, we still count on our senses to guide us through the world. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell…

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamh.co.uk

3 comments on “Editor’s Corner: In The Realm Of The Senses With Shawn MacKenzie

  1. the secret keeper
    April 24, 2013

    I will follow the dragon trail to MacKenzie’s Dragon’s Nest. Promised to leave her a comment by morning. It is a brilliant post. Shawn keeps out doing herself each week. You’re pulling a good group of people in to drawn attention to the art of writing. It isn’t as easy as people think it is. But you find it out eventually, I would hope. TY Niamh. jk

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  2. thiskidreviewsbooks
    April 24, 2013

    Great (re)post! 😀

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