Don’t you love the smell of fresh squeezed oranges? Chocolate chip cookies? How about baking bread?
My critique group always is helpful to remind me to incorporate smells into my stories. And they are right. Smells really add a strong mood to a scene.
In teaching, we’re told that scents help our student’s remember concepts. So in my classroom, I like to have the plug ins. In the spring I put something fresh in like Jasmine and Christmas it’s always gingerbread.
Similarly, in my stories, I’m always searching to add my sensory details and not the typical ones that might come to your mind right away. One of my favorite sites to get ideas is Bath and Body Shop. Check out this link for a list of different scents that might inspire you.
I think warm vanilla sugar and wild honeysuckle are my favorite for today. Tomorrow I’m sure it will be something different!