My Twisted Writer Brain…

My Twisted Writer Brain…Over 150 Smells & 50 Smelly Adjectives to Help Add Dimension to Your Writing.

There are often times I’ll be writing a scene and I want to include an odor or scent but my mind goes completely blank. How is it that the only smell I can readily recall is garlic and Axe deodorant?

It’s crazy to think that we’re surrounded 24/7 by smells–good and bad– that we don’t even acknowledge let alone transfer to our writing.

Here’s a list that may spark a memory for you or help you along the way to writing a complete and visceral scene. Each can be taken and expanded upon.

If there’s any you’d like to add, please leave me a message and together we’ll compose a great and smelly list!

COMMON FOODS

  • onions
  • garlic
  • Fried chicken
  • bacon
  • cabbage
  • fish
  • seafood-shrimp, oyster
  • mint
  • a baking cake
  • fresh baked cookies
  • a turkey dinner cooking
  • fresh baked bread
  • burnt toast
  • sour milk
  • coffee
  • barbecue

  • pizza
  • popcorn
  • kimchi
  • waffle cone
  • fresh citrus: lemon, orange,
  • grapefruit
  • roast beef dinner in the stove

Around Us…

  • the sea air
  • fresh mowed grass
  • the smell of home
  • the beach
  • chlorine at the public pool
  • the air before it snows
  • sulphur
  • cigarette smoke
  • cigar smoke
  • pipe smoke
  • chimney smoke
  • wet dog
  • new car smell
  • camp fire
  • fast food restaurant
  • insense
  • body odor
  • Fresh paint
  • baby-freshly bathed
  • Dirty diaper
  • apples
  • pineapple
  • banana
  • pumpkin
  • brussel sprouts
  • asparagus
  • broccoli
  • raspberry
  • strawberry
  • durian
  • coconut
  • peach
  • coconut
  • gasoline
  • grease
  • dirty socks
  • dirty sweaty feet
  • someone who just finished a cigarette/cigar
  • a dirty ashtray
  • beer–fresh and stale
  • wine
  • liquor–whiskey; bourbon;
  • essential oils–too many to list
  • leather
  • old books
  • mothballs
  • musty dampness like in a basement
  • Vicks vapo-rub
  • Grandpa’s muscle ointment/cream
  • smog
  • felt pens
  • bubblegum
  • marijuana
  • rotten eggs
  • spices: cinnamon, thyme, pepper, nutmeg, anise, curry, cumin, basil
  • campfire
  • apple pie
  • fresh rain
  • car back fire
  • cheese: parmesan, blue,
  • vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • fresh lit match
  • eucalyptus
  • fire crackers
  • burning rubber
  • burning flesh
  • suntan lotion
  • trees: pine, fir, cedar
  • Christmas tree in the house
  • the forest
  • nail polish
  • stagnant water
  • perms
  • flowers: lavender, roses, jasmine, clematis, lily, geranium, hyacinth, lilac
  • chewing gum: ie juicy fruit
  • vanilla
  • fresh washed hair/body
  • farts
  • genitalia
  • urine
  • feces
  • manure
  • dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, butter
  • scented soaps, shampoos
  • cleaning supplies
  • fresh tilled soil
  • musk
  • vomit
  • mold and mildew
  • garbage
  • death
  • disease
  • hospital
  • retirement home
  • prison
  • car
  • bathroom
  • public toilet
  • outhouse
  • other people’s homes
  • hotel room
  • gym
  • change rooms
  • dentist office
  • money
  • alcohol breath
  • toothpaste
  • halitosis
  • baby powder
  • plastics
  • natural gas
  • diesel
  • bleach
  • hydrogen Peroxide
  • burps
  • cold air
  • wet concrete
  • hay bale
  • animals: horse, cow, goat, dog, cat.
  • maple syrup
  • chocolate
  • unwashed or damp laundry
  • wood chips
  • personal inherited scent/Family scent
  • sawdust
  • fresh laundry
  • sex
  • rotten meat
  • perfume, Aftershave
  • burnt potatoes
  • fresh air

By adding smell to your writing it can take it to the next level.

Try to think outside the box.

Adjectives to describe a smell include:

  • Heavy
  • Pungent
  • Putrid
  • Fetid
  • Bouquet
  • Dank
  • Fresh
  • Pleasant
  • Mouth watering
  • Cheap
  • Choking
  • Floral
  • Woodsy
  • Intoxicating
  • Spicy
  • Rancid
  • Eye watering
  • Wild
  • Exotic
  • Overpowering
  • Crisp
  • Stale
  • Repulsive
  • Redolent
  • Masculine/Feminine
  • Earthy
  • Other worldly
  • Close
  • Pervasive
  • Invasive
  • Unpleasant
  • Distinct
  • Medicinal
  • Metallic
  • Greasy
  • Fragrant
  • Plasticky or fake
  • Overripe
  • Ripe
  • Faint
  • Chemically
  • Mild
  • Heady
  • Rancid
  • Acidic
  • Sweet
  • Oppressive
  • Past its prime
  • Foul
  • Sour
  • Funky

So, I’m fresh out of smells now!

Can you think of anymore? Leave me a message and I’ll add them onto the list–would be great to get up to at least 200! I don’t want to name each fruit or flower though so looking for something that isn’t on the list. Can’t wait to hear more!

Additions:

  • cinnamon buns or Cinnabon
  • sandalwood incense
  • sage burning
  • wet pine
  • rosemary

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