"Each day, we breathe about 23, 040 times and move about 438
cubic feet of air. It takes us about five seconds to breathe—two
seconds to inhale and three seconds to exhale—and, in that time,
molecules of odor flood through our systems. Inhaling and
exhaling, we smell odors. Smells coat us, swirl around us, enter
our bodies, emanate from us. We live in a constant wash of
them."—Diane Ackerman in
A Natural History of the Senses
Can you recall the smell of your
mother's kitchen or imagine the smell of the grass after a spring
rain? How about fresh buttered popcorn, garlic sizzling in a pan,
ripe blackberries in a pie?
Writers know that our sense of
smell is powerfully connected to memory. It is the sense that
connects us most powerfully to the past, but not only that, it
also connects us with our audience.
Add smell to your writing and
connect your memories with those of your readers!
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