So, I have this weird thing about scent in writing. I think it comes from the fact that I have chronic sinus problems and my sense of smell is very dull. So I describe scents in my writing quite a bit.
I tend to write about vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural
creatures with enhanced senses of smell too so there's that too. Plus I
know how much predators rely on that specific scent. My father did
study wolves for 14 years when I was growing up before switching to the
medical field. Yes, I was raised with wolves, but that's another story
for another time. Then there's the fact that I grew up watching the
X-Men cartoon and Wolverine was always my favorite character.
What all of this means is that I also have very specific scents for my
characters. This even transfers in fanfic too. I also know people who
freak out if someone start using a different shampoo or what not because
they stop smelling like them. (My husband almost throws a fit when I
use a product that "covers my natural scent" because he registers scent
with so much.) Not to mention different scents trigger different
feelings and whatnot.
Some characters I know right off the bat what they smell like.
Forest always smelled like lavender. Another character smells like
peppermint. My shapeshifting wolf guy who's not a werewolf smells like
sun warmed fur with musk. (I know this sounds weird, but smell a
healthy, clean dog that's been playing in the sun on a pleasantly warm
day. It's a nice scent.) My Japanese monster huntress smells like green
tea and ginger with a hint of chocolate (because she eats it all the
time). Another character smells like sandalwood and cinnamon.
Then there are other characters who I cannot figure out what they smell
like to safe my life. I can know all the details of their life- what
car they drive, the fact that they like deep fried food, that they wear
red Converse sneakers and tattered jeans. And they're pretty important
characters. I can write their speech patterns with my eyes practically
closed. Yet, I have no clue what the hell they smell like.
And this bothers me to no end. To the point where I start to obsess
about it because it's going to be something I'll use in a later on
story. They're an important character; a possible love interest for an
important main character.
Hell, I know what their fucking brother smells like, but not him.
And it bugs me.
In other news though, I'm probably going to have a rant on "strong female characters" pretty soon.
And in other, other news, my JukePop Serial hit the top 30 for the Month of September. If you haven't gotten a chance to check it out, please do give The Law Unto Herself Chronicles a look.
If I don't make another entry until then, Happy Halloween!