Take the 2-minute tour ×
Writers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for authors, editors, reviewers, professional writers, and aspiring writers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm trying to write a story in which the sun has essentially gone out and visibility is constantly limited, and sometimes completely gone. Being a very visual person, I'm finding it hard to describe things in a way that keeps the reader's interest.

The sole source of help I am drawing on so far is a sequence in Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon where the main characters travel through the core of the planet, most of the time in complete darkness. I feel like it is very well written and interesting, but I think I could be helped by more examples of such sequences.

Does anybody have some memorable or notable sections of such stories they could point me to?

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Standback Jul 24 at 21:51

  • This question does not appear to be about writing, copywriting, publishing or editing within the scope defined in the help center.
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1  
I'm sorry; Writers.SE considers questions on "what should I write" and specific research questions (e.g., "who's already done this specific thing?") to be off-topic. We're a Q&A site, and answering questions like this would basically mean being willing to answer any question imaginable if you only add "it's for a story I'm writing"... –  Standback Jul 24 at 21:44
    
If you're new to Stack Exchange, take our intro tour and peek around; you'll get a good feel for how we work. We'd love to help you with other questions. IMHO, the best questions are of the form "I'm trying to do X, but I'm failing because Y. How do I solve Y and do X?" - and I bet you might have a terrific question about writing without sense of sight, if instead of asking "Who's done this well," you (a) explain what you've been trying, and (b) tell us what it is about the problem that's proving tough for you. –  Standback Jul 24 at 21:48
    
(Additionally, a passage from the story with the question "How do I write without using any visuals?" would be a great critique question.) –  Standback Jul 24 at 21:49
    
Closing as off-topic, because it's asking what to write, and for highly specialized examples. –  Standback Jul 24 at 21:51
1  
@ABlueShoe Because not everything on this site is performed by utterly consistent robots. (Have placed the question you linked to on hold pending edits; it came up in a conversation in chat, along with this question.) –  Neil Fein Jul 26 at 1:58

1 Answer 1

Why not just put a blindfold on and walk around your house for a few hours? Take notes into a recorder or a voice note app about what you're feeling, thinking, smelling, hearing, about whether other senses have sharpened, if you're slowing down, etc.

Additionally, the children's book Follow My Leader is quite good about showing how a previously sighted boy adapts to blindness.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.