How do you use your senses when you write? Let's take music to start off with. A lot of writers have play lists to go with each of their books. I'll be listening to a song in the car and get an inspiration for a scene. What I do is play the song over and over again until I know the words. Yes, I'll sing along in the car like one of those crazy drivers. I even find the lyrics and print them out. Now, you might say because I'm inspired by music to write that I'm an auditory writer, but you'd be wrong. I visualize the scene in my head and can even see the words written on the page, but what I can't do is write while the song is being played. That I need to do in complete silence.
I'm a visual writer. There are other visual things I do to inspire me. I print out pictures of old paintings and photos of natural wonders while I build my otherworld. But not everything comes from external visual inspiration. I dream very vividly and awake about 3:00 AM, then put myself back to sleep to elaborate on the dream. When I wake in the morning, I write down everything I've dreamt. I wrote about seventy percent of my last book this way.
I also can be found, to my family's dismay, to be physically acting out a scene. My husband might walk into our bedroom, where my desk is, and I might be gesturing with one eye brow quirked, or dashing about the room wildly, or smiling in a coy manner with my head tilted just so. And you all know he thinks I'm nuts, but you don't. Do you? In the end I'm a very descriptive writer.
So, how do use your senses when you write? Are you more visual, like me? Or are you auditory? Tell me what your quirks are and what kind of writer are you?