What do you smell right now? What is your preferred odor? In what ways do you utilize fragrance in your fiction?
— Freshly mowed grass.
In recentlys post, “Write About Your First Job,” WriteByNight Christina wrote this about the memory of a typewriter: “I utilized carbon paper and can still smell it some 45 years later.”.
— A baseball, specifically if its unclean, particularly if its filthy and has turf spots.
Its thought that smell is the sense most closely connected with memory. One well-known example from literature– often confused as odor however in truth is taste, though the two are firmly bound– can be found in Swanns Way, volume 1 of Prousts In Search of Lost Time, when the narrator dips a petite madeleine in his tea and takes a sip, and the taste, in addition to the feel of the crumbs, takes him back to his youth … and not just in a passing method.
Heres one of the loveliest passages Ive ever read:.
— A baseball mitt, particularly simply after being oiled (pattern?).
— An old book (you know precisely what Im talking about).
Isnt that lovely? “the smell and taste of things remain poised a long period of time, like souls, ready to remind us.”
” But when from a long-distant previous nothing subsists, after the individuals are dead, after the things are broken and spread, still, alone, more delicate, however with more vigor, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more loyal, the odor and taste of things stay poised a long time, like souls, all set to advise us, hoping and waiting for their minute, in the middle of the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering, in the practically impalpable and tiny drop of their essence, the huge structure of recollection.”.
Here are a couple of aromas that can trigger me:.
— My papas perfume on his shirts
What about you? What smells “remain poised a long period of time, like souls, all set to advise” you of something from your past? What kinds of sensations, images, and thoughts do they summon?
Explain what you smell right now if you cant believe of anything. And/or what are some of your preferred smells.
And in what ways do you use the sense of odor in your fiction? Your nonfiction?
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