Making Sense of It: Follow Your Nose

28 Aug

MG_5359A rose garden. A new car. Laundered sheets. A litter box.

If you smiled at the first three and cringed at the last, your olfactory senses are working perfectly.

Scents can calm, excite, and protect us. Odors can turn our stomachs and chase us from a room. Certain scents can even trigger memories.

Writers, don’t let these smells go to waste! File them away in your brain. Better yet, write down the effect they have on you.

IMG_2219Want to breathe new life into a tired scene? Bring your readers along with your characters into the kitchen, museum, or cow pasture.

Smells not only pull readers into the setting, smells also foreshadow. The smell of smoke wakes a child in the night…the smell of alcohol carries on a driver’s breath….

The next time your nose gets your attention, show it some respect! A sense of smell is a powerful writing tool.

~ Jericha Kingston


Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Jericha Kingston, Writing


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5 responses to “Making Sense of It: Follow Your Nose

  1. Pegg Thomas

    August 28, 2015 at 8:04 am

    You killed me with the litter box! Worst. Smell. Ever. Good advice though!


  2. Robin Patchen

    August 28, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I love the idea that you can use smells to foreshadow. Great idea!


  3. jerichakingston

    August 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Glad you enjoyed, friends!


  4. Candice Sue Patterson

    August 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I love this! I have a strong sense of smell and scents trigger memories for me too. You’re right, the sniffer can be very powerful with writing. Great post!


    • jerichakingston

      August 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks, Candice!



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