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.