For writers: How “The Christmas Song” can improve your #writing and ‘get inside’ your reader

“…What’s your favourite Christmas lyric – or song?
I get tired of Christmas songs this time of year – yet I never tire of The Christmas Song.

You know… ” Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”

As a writer and writing teacher and adviser to the writing retreat, Sirenia, I often use “The Christmas Song” as a good example of using ‘desciptive sense triggers’ to ‘get inside’ readers’.

Christmas sentiments have been said many times – many ways – but this song really “gets inside me” and is so real because of the power of the sensory language – appealing to many senses.

I live in Australia where it’s summer at Christmas time – yet I fondly remember my North American December-January Winter “Christmas” experiences.
This song brings back those memories because the lyrics trigger sense memories – sight and smells and sounds and the feeling of cold.
Just look at how many sensory triggers are packed into the first verse…”

via For writers: How “The Christmas Song” can improve your #writing and ‘get inside’ your reader

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