More smelly posts

Another post on how to describe smells? Look, our girl Portia is working with less senses these days, so unless you want her tasting her clues (like a hunky RCMP officer we all know and love) we are going to talk about describing your smells.

Anyways, I want my reader to be able to imagine the smell, to remember what that smell is, to actually experience it as Portia experiences it. What I did was to experience the smell and write about it. So I took a fresh piece of mint, crushed it up and described it.

These are some of the adjectives for describing smells: wispy, pungent, rancid, airy, musty, stale, fresh, putrid, faint, light, floral, and acrid.

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3 thoughts on “More smelly posts

  1. Looking back over my three stinky blog entries, I can see that I didn’t use a whole lot of adjectives to describe the smells, which may be a good thing, since my prose is plenty purple in other respects, and at nearly 200,000 words, the novel probably didn’t need any extra alphabet soup. I seem to have left the specific characteristics of many odors up to the reader’s experience, and focused more on the effect that the smells had on the POV characters, which makes some sense, considering my genre. But you and Portia, who are solving mysteries, do need to be more specific about the qualities of the smells she encounters. I learned something today. Thanks!

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