How do we perceive the everyday physical world around us? And how to we perceive the world of a story? As readers, we really enter into the world of a novel if we experience it not only mentally but physically (however unconscious that may be) through sensory perception. We have been given five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Most writers – probably all – make abundant use of the first, the most dominant sense. We are given visual descriptions of scenes, of characters. Personally, I become irritated when an author stops to introduce each new character with a description of his or her height, age, hair colour, facial appearance, clothes, and so on, ad infinitum. More of this in a minute.