by Adam Huddleston
This week’s literary term is: synesthesia. While it generally refers to a medical condition, as it pertains to writing, it is defined as a link between two or more of a character’s senses. Often seen in poetry, synesthesia is used to combine several senses, leading to a deeper understanding by the reader.
For example: “I immediately noticed the sharp smell of rubbing alcohol.” While sharp is a term usually connected to the sense of touch, here it is used with that of smell. Effective use of synesthesia can broaden your writing make the reading experience more enjoyable.