Scents and Scents’ Abilities: Introducing Smells into Stories

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Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days is designed to shape a not-yet submitted, rejected, or self-published manuscript with low ratings into a book that shines. The method can also be a guiding resource for writers starting a manuscript. See details below.

Writers know how important it is that their characters use their five senses in stories. Today we’ll focus on scents and ways to use them.

Associate Certain Scents with Certain Abilities

Here are common associations between scents and a person’s well-being. In your stories, perhaps you could show your character reacting to scents in these ways.

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  • Fruit scents assist in calming anxiety. Lemon to increase clarity and apple for migraines. As Emily made lemonade from freshly squeezed lemons, Arthur drew in the citrus scent. His headache eased and a new idea struck him for the machine he’d invented.
  • Lavender’s fragrance is associated with easing emotional stress and insomnia. A lavender scent drifted through Brad’s open window. He ceased his tossing and his eyelids drooped. Oh, for blessed sleep …
  • Cinnamon is known for stimulating the brain, fighting mental fatigue, and increasing memory and attention span. Carly sifted cinnamon spice over each of ten pots containing simmering apples. Her nose filled with the cinnamon scent. As she stirred the cinnamon into the apple mixture, she recalled the complicated directions for Mother’s quilt pattern.
  • Peppermint is thought to stimulate the mind and increase concentration. Professor Eichmann passed peppermint candies to the students at the table. As the students sucked the candies, peppermint scent permeated the air, and the brainstorming session succeeded in solving the professor’s challenge. 
  • Jasmine is associated with boosting confidence and easing depression. Courtney persuaded Mother to sit in the garden near the Jasmine shrubs. “Mother, let’s breath in the lovely scents of the garden.” Mother obeyed. “Dearest, I love the scent of Jasmine. This is the most hopeful I’ve felt in days.”.

Fragrance Families

Spice up your stories with scents from different fragrance families:

  • Floral – flowers and bouquets
  • Chemical – ammonia and glass cleaners
  • Woody – pine and sandalwood
  • Fruity – citrus and apples
  • Exotic – ambergris and vanilla
  • Sweet – chocolate and caramel
  • Clean – soap and shampoo
  • Nutty – peanut butter and almond
  • Spices – nutmeg and cinnamon
  • Minty – peppermint and wintergreen
  • Strong – burning rubber and garlic breath
  • Decayed – roadkill and sour milk

Synonyms for Smells

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  • Odor
  • Scent
  • Fragrance
  • Smell
  • Aroma
  • Perfume
  • Bouquet
  • Stink
  • Stench
  • Whiff

How Scents Arrive

  • Cooking, baking, searing, frying, roasting
  • Burning, lighting up, bug zapping, heat radiation
  • Rotting, fermenting, souring
  • Digging, fertilizing, spraying
  • Sweating, breathing, festering
  • Bathing, grooming, powdering
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Verbs to Use with Smells

  • Wafted
  • Intruded
  • Floated
  • Hinted
  • Gave off
  • Blew
  • Hovered
  • Hung
  • Lifted
  • Drifted

Can you add to any of the above lists?


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Zoe McCarthy’s book, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, is a fresh and innovative refocusing of your novel or novella. Through a few simple—and fun—steps, Zoe helps writers take their not-ready-for-publication and/or rejected manuscripts to a spit-polish finish. Writing is hard work, yes, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. —Eva Marie Everson, best-selling and multiple award-winning author, conference director, president of Word Weavers International, Inc.

If you want to increase your chance of hearing yes instead of sorry or not a fit for our list at this time, this book is for you. If you want to develop stronger story plots with characters that are hard to put down, this book is for you. Through McCarthy’s checklists and helpful exercises and corresponding examples, you will learn how to raise the tension, hone your voice, and polish your manuscript. I need this book for my clients and the many conferees I meet at writer’s conferences around the country. Thank you, Zoe. A huge, #thumbsup, for Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days.  —Diana L. Flegal, literary agent, and freelance editor

Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript is a self-editing encyclopedia! Each chapter sets up the targeted technique, examples show what to look for in your manuscript, then proven actions are provided to take your writing to the next level. Whether you are a seasoned writer or a newbie, you need this book! —Sally Shupe, freelance editor, aspiring author

McCarthy crafted an amazing self-help book that will strengthen any writer, whether new or seasoned, with guidance and self-evaluation tools. —Erin Unger, author of Practicing Murder, releasing in 2019

Need to rework your book? Zoe M. McCarthy’s step-by-step reference guide leads you through the process, helping you fight feeling overwhelmed and wrangle your manuscript and into publishable shape in 30 days. Tailor Your Manuscript delivers a clear and comprehensive action plan. —Elizabeth Spann Craig, Twitteriffic owner, bestselling author of the Myrtle Clover Mysteries, the Southern Quilting Mysteries, and the Memphis Barbeque Mysteries http://elizabethspanncraig.com/blog/


Write, Write, Write—You CAN Succeed

My Guest today is Valerie Massey Goree with a great pep talk. Learn more about her new book, Day of Reckoning, at the end of her post. Here’s Valerie.

The famous playwright and novelist W. Somerset Maugham once said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

As fledgling novelists can attest, there are dozens of rules that published authors and helpful friends love to share. Lists of dos and don’ts abound, some rules even contradict each other.

This conundrum reminds me of Pam, a friend who adopted twin girls. For the first few weeks, ladies from church provided extra pairs of hands—and advice. One day, Pam prepared two bottles of formula and handed one to each of the visiting helpers who cradled the babies. The women grasped the bottles, and at exactly the same time, one exclaimed, “This bottle’s too hot.” And the other said, “This bottle’s too cold.”

Pam threw up her hands and ran from the room screaming, “I’m a failure. I can’t do this.”

That’s how I felt when I began this writing journey. I devoured craft books and read blogs and attended conferences, and discovered that Famous Author A’s list of rules for writing the next bestseller didn’t jive with Famous Author B’s list. And Authors C and D weren’t even on the same wavelength.

So whose list should I follow? 

To add to my confusion, I’d read novels by multi-published authors, and discovered they broke every rule! Don’t begin with an account of the weather. She did. Don’t have long passages of description. His depiction covered the page. No info dump. She provided two pages of backstory. 

No fair. If I wrote that way, my critique partners would—and did—call me out. Picture me, hands up, running from the room, yelling, “I can’t do this.”

But I didn’t give up, and neither should you. If you want to learn to play tennis, you can read how-to books, watch players all day, but until you step onto the court, racquet in hand, you’ll never learn to play. The same with writing a novel. You have to practice. And practice some more.

You can do this. You can write the novel that’s burning in your heart, that God is prompting you to forge. Sure, you have to follow the basics of good writing. Spelling, grammar, sentence structure. Character development, plot design. But the most important thing to remember is the story. Forget the dos and don’t, well, maybe not all of them. Write your best story. Include interesting characters, a compelling plot, but write. Write. Write. 

What has helped you beat discouragement in your writing journey?

International Retrieval Organization Agent Lela Ortiz is assigned the kidnapping case of businessman, Chuck Davenport. When her boss allows Jay Vashon, Chuck’s brother-in-law to assist, Lela accepts the help with reservations, especially when Jay prays at the most inopportune times.

Jay would do anything to help bring Chuck home, even work with feisty Agent Ortiz. As Jay and Lela decipher clues Chuck sends to his son with special needs, they are forced to work in close proximity. 

Can Jay break through the barrier Lela has constructed around her heart? Will Lela be able to overcome her distrust of men and God?

And Chuck? Can the pair locate him before the ransom deadline? 

 

American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides with her husband on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

After serving as missionaries in her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie moved to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, Valerie spends her time writing, and spoiling her grandchildren. 

Other novels include: Deceive Me Once; Colors of Deceit; Weep in the Night. Day of Reckoning, sequel to Weep in the Night, will be released August 30, 2019. 

Check Valerie’s website to learn more about her books: www.valeriegoreeauthor.com

Valerie loves to hear from her readers.

Anthology, Collection, Omnibus, Compilation, Box Set, Derivative Works, Compendium – Differences?

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Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days is designed to shape a not-yet submitted, rejected, or self-published manuscript with low ratings into a book that shines. The method can also be a guiding resource for writers starting a manuscript. See details below.

I’ve been a member of two “collections.” Were they really box sets? I led a workshop for a writers’ group whose members want to create a “compilation.” What’s a compilation?

I researched the following terms and include the commonalities and fresh thoughts about these terms.

Anthology

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  • A single book.
  • Collection of writings in similar form, from the same period, possibly based on story length (flash fiction), or about the same subject or shared theme.
  • Written by a number of different authors or poets.
  • Sometimes called a collection, but should be classified as an anthology.
  • Examples for book publishing: poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts by different people.
  • Examples for genre fiction: short stories, novelettes, novellas by different authors.
  • Some research included: TV programs and movies.
  • One resource said works in an anthology are expected to be by current (living) authors.
  • Marketing advantage: all contributors promote the book.

Collection

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  • Selected short writings.
  • Written by one author.
  • Pieces can have a common theme.
  • Examples: excerpts from books, short stories, letters, or poems.
  • Often from a deceased writer.
  • Advantage: Good for readers who don’t have a lot of time or who want to sample a writer’s work.

Omnibus

  • Book of reprinted complete works.
  • Written by one author.
  • Example: includes complete novels previously published separately.

Compilation

  • Result of bringing together, organizing, and arranging existing works whether related in some way or not.
  • Works written by several authors.
  • Examples: interviews, essays, chapters, answers to a posed question.

Box Set

  • Collection of full-length, usually existing, books sold together, forming a new book.
  • Written by one or several authors.
  • Usually ebooks.
  • Often sold at a savings compared to buying all the included books separately.
  • Often sold for a limited time.
  • Encourages readers to buy a series all at one time.
  • Marketing advantage: all contributing authors promote the book to their followers and others.
  • Can generate good income.

Derivative Works

  • Reworked, transformed, or adapted existing works. New, original works that have features of already copyrighted works.
  • Authors can create derivative works of their own copyrighted works or give permission to others.
  • Fair use would allow, say, a book reviewer to include some content from the book.
  • Be careful in using another’s work in your adaptation to avoid legal issues.
  • Examples: translations, musical arrangements, film versions, condensations, parodies, and abridgments.

Compendiums

  • A list of items, especially one whose items have been systematically collected. Or a detailed but concise summary of a larger work or broad field.
  • Examples: encyclopedia, gathered anecdotes, or collected folk tales.

Have you participated in an anthology, collection, or box set and could share your experience? 

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Zoe McCarthy’s book, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, is a fresh and innovative refocusing of your novel or novella. Through a few simple—and fun—steps, Zoe helps writers take their not-ready-for-publication and/or rejected manuscripts to a spit-polish finish. Writing is hard work, yes, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. —Eva Marie Everson, best-selling and multiple award-winning author, conference director, president of Word Weavers International, Inc.

If you want to increase your chance of hearing yes instead of sorry or not a fit for our list at this time, this book is for you. If you want to develop stronger story plots with characters that are hard to put down, this book is for you. Through McCarthy’s checklists and helpful exercises and corresponding examples, you will learn how to raise the tension, hone your voice, and polish your manuscript. I need this book for my clients and the many conferees I meet at writer’s conferences around the country. Thank you, Zoe. A huge, #thumbsup, for Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days.  —Diana L. Flegal, literary agent, and freelance editor

Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript is a self-editing encyclopedia! Each chapter sets up the targeted technique, examples show what to look for in your manuscript, then proven actions are provided to take your writing to the next level. Whether you are a seasoned writer or a newbie, you need this book! —Sally Shupe, freelance editor, aspiring author

McCarthy crafted an amazing self-help book that will strengthen any writer, whether new or seasoned, with guidance and self-evaluation tools. —Erin Unger, author of Practicing Murder, releasing in 2019

Need to rework your book? Zoe M. McCarthy’s step-by-step reference guide leads you through the process, helping you fight feeling overwhelmed and wrangle your manuscript and into publishable shape in 30 days. Tailor Your Manuscript delivers a clear and comprehensive action plan. —Elizabeth Spann Craig, Twitteriffic owner, bestselling author of the Myrtle Clover Mysteries, the Southern Quilting Mysteries, and the Memphis Barbeque Mysteries http://elizabethspanncraig.com/blog/