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