Blogs by Randy Young
Does your story smell?
5/29/2008 10:29:50 AM
I read something today that made me think. I know, I know, I say so much without thinking, this is bound to be interesting.
Consider the sensory details in your work. Studies have shown that the sense of smell is one of our most emotionally evocative senses.
As a writer, are you just a sightseer or do your stories smell as well?
That was it! A study showed that the sense of smell has an emotional effect on us as people. I said people because it would be of non-effect to robots.
This started me to thinking about the sense of smell.
I know a guy whose mother kept one of her husband's shirts with her in the bed. She missed the smell. He saw his mom go to bed each night, clutching the shirt. It was almost like a security blanket, only with a shirt. It was a reminder.
The guy hated to see his mom do that, but he never bothered her about it. I am glad that he did not say anything. She ws dealing with the hurt her way.
I can understand this.
Smells get to us, be they good or bad. I know that I am really affected by smells early in the morning, after taking a shower. If I come into contact with a good smell, well and good. if I come into contact with a bad smell, it can make my stomach turn.
Oops, sorry. For those of you who just felt your stomach lurch because of what I said, I am sorry. I did not mean to do that, but see, smells get to us.
I am going to try to work harder and incorporate more smell into my stories.
You might laugh at this, but I wish I could invent "smell-a-vision." It would be so cool to be able to watch a cooking show and smell the food. That would be awesome. It would also be dangerous.
I could see the headlines now: MAN CHOKES TO DEATH ON TV.
Keep writing, but remember to write with your nose!
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