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Writing Prompt – Thursday 9th July 2020

For today’s prompt – think scent!

Your character’s reaction to a particular smell can give a lot of information about them.

When I run workshops I often bring herbs or flowers and ask the students to write something. On one occasion, I gave them lavender. Most of the group had happy memories of it – like visiting their grandmother or favourite aunt. One lady was quite angry. She’d worked in a place where she’d been very unhappy. They’d used lavender furniture polish there and every time she smelled lavender that was the memory that surfaced.

Think about this when you are building depth into your characters. Create a scene where one person likes a particular smell and the other one doesn’t. Why do they react in this way?

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