Here are two memorable smells that Ackerman captures in words. “Violets smell like sugar cubes that have been dipped in lemon and velvet,” She writes this is what writers do “define one smell by another smell or another sense.” “A Peace rose smells like sugared leather dipped in honey.” I highly recommend this book not only for writers and poets but for anyone who is interested in the world of our senses.
Today, spend some time writing about smells or look through your writing and find where you are missing lush descriptions of senses. Try to write about the smell of the ocean, a garden, your mother’s kitchen, a classroom, a new book, a spring morning, your dinner last night, a favorite perfume… Now get back to work!
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