Writing Challenge Wednesday: Sense of Smell
Use your sense of smell to help your readers dig a little deeper with this fun writing challenge!
It’s all about the details. What do you want your reader to feel while in the midst of your story?
Writing isn’t just about telling a story; it’s about bringing the readers into your world so they can experience it with you.
If you haven’t already, check out my posts, Using Your Senses in Writing: Part I: Characters
And Using Your Senses in Writing: Part II: Places for more information on the importance of using your senses in writing.
Now you’re ready to delve into the world of the sense of smell.
But how do you do that?
Get to know the sense of smell by paying attention.
When you walk into a room, think about the different scents. Not just the first things you smell, but the smaller ones. The perfume of someone walking by, the dust in the air. Think about the smells you would expect and those you don’t.
Look into it further with this fun writing challenge.
Your writing challenge today is this:
Observe as many of these as you can with your sense of smell, and write about what you observe.
- Somewhere you’ve never been before. What smells different about this place than any other place? How does the scent make you feel?
- A bookstore. Is it old mom and pop shop or a chain? Does it have a coffee shop? Do the other people close to you affect what you smell?
- In a friend’s car. (Sidenote: If your friend is going to read it, be nice!)
- Right after it rains.
- A campfire.
- On a farm. (Try for more than the smell of animal dung.)
- At a swimming pool. (Try for more than “chlorine.”)
- Outside at day then again at night. Does it smell different? How so?
- In someone else’s home. How are its smells different than the ones at your home? How are they the same?
- Somewhere medical. (Doctor’s office, Hospital, Lab)
- A flower garden.
- Someplace new. (As in, recently built.)
- An old building. Can you smell something other than “old building smell?”
- The park. The scent of nature, the smell of metal swing set, freshly cut grass
- A party.
- A School If you can, check out an elementary school, middle school, and high school. How do they smell different?
- At a hardware store.
- A sporting event.
- Somewhere very familiar to you. How does that scent make you feel? Does the familiarity of it elicit a certain emotion? Does it remind you of any particular memories?
- A garage. (Home or at a place that fixes cars.)
What did you come up with? Let me know in the comments!