Using The Five Senses: Smell

Joan Hall is continuing with her Five Senses series on Story Empire today, and is focused on the sense of Smell. Check out her post reminding us of how important all five senses are in our written work, and consider it one of those “little things that make a huge impact” topics. Don’t forget to pass it along to others, if you would, thanks! And thanks to Joan for reminding us how important these things are. Great post, Joan! 🙂 ❤

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you with the second in a series of posts using the five senses in writing. To read the first part on sight, click here. Today I’m writing about smell.

I probably overlook using smell more than any other of the other senses, but it is often the most powerful. Certain smells can bring back memories, invoke emotion, and draw the reader into the story.

Both of my maternal grandparents passed away when I was twelve years old. They lived in another state, so I rarely saw them more than once a year. Many of those times were when they visited us.

Despite that, there are times when I will catch a whiff of something that reminds me of their home. Describing the smell is difficult. It’s probably a combination of my grandfather’s cigars, my grandmother’s cooking, the cleaning products she used (the place was…

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