What’s that Smell

Cover of Destiny Sets

Cover of Destiny Sets

The sense of smell is one of the most potent senses we have, especially when remembering emotions and important moments in our lives. Grandma’s cooking, a friend’s perfume, the scent of the flowers at a favourite aunt’s. It is all part of the tapestry of life. So why do we tend to describe scenes mainly using visual, and maybe sounds, but tend to leave smell out?

Try going through a scene and describing the smell. Some are pleasant, some aren’t, but they are just important as the colour of the couch, the softness of the pillow, or the gentle music playing in the background. The whiff of azaleas through the open window, the scent of warm crusty bread just leaving the oven. The tang of salad dressing, the salty sea air and the faint scent of oil on a workman’s hands, all are important clues to your story.

Give it a try, and tell me how it goes.


3 responses to “What’s that Smell

  1. I find that because description is such an integral part of my writing, I always run into the problem of overwriting my descriptions.

    But when I can find that proper mix, it brings a feeling like no other.

  2. I did once write a story called ‘What’s that smell’ about a child tracking down a strange smell in a house and imagining all kinds of things it could be. It was fun.


  3. I agree, finding that balance is hard, and a great feeling when you get it right.

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