Writing With All Five Senses


Taste and smell are greatly linked, did you know that? How something smells – the strength of it, the appeal of it – can affect the preference for the taste of something. So, how can we describe smell?

Types of Smells

  • SmellGood scents that make us think of home
  • Bad scents the dredge up the negative memories
  • Flowers, perfume, food, drink – all the usual things we initially think of for scent
  • Strong scents, like peppermint, that remind many of holidays or family gatherings
  • Differences in body odor, good and bad, male and female, teens vs adults, etc.
  • The smell of sex – that alone could take up pages of a romance/erotica novel!
  • How a fire/smoke smell and then the lack of smell because of it “burning”
  • Describe mold, musty, dusty, old
  • All sorts of animals – pets, wild, at the zoo, smell
  • When you can smell something but can’t see it
  • When a scent doesn’t coincide with what was anticipated – a good-looking man with bad breath, a healthy looking woman with a sickly scent to her hair, a cute child with a stinky butt
  • Conflicting scents that you can’t sort through

Character Reactions

  • Flared nostrils
  • Scrunched nose
  • Pinching nose closed
  • Holding something in front of nose to block scent – with discretion or blatantly

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About T.A. Babcock

Writer, artist, mom, special project manager, MS Office Goddess, beautiful dreamer, randomly eccentric lady. (Not necessarily in that order...)

Posted on October 2, 2014, in Writings and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on Erika for President and commented:
    Nice resource!

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