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.
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.