Being new here to M&M, I’m feeling the pressure to provide an informative yet entertaining post. Since subbing in for Liz on Monday, I’ve struggled through a crazy work week trying to think of a topic. While I received great ideas from a couple fabulous writer friends, I just wasn’t feeling it. And then without warning, the idea came to me literally on a breeze.
As I walked down the street, I caught the scent of something utterly intoxicating. I turned my head and realized it was the cologne of the hot little college guywho’d just walked by me. The scent lingered with me as I continued on my way. Oh yeah, I went there, people. For a brief moment, I was taken back in time to when I was 18 and all the guys wore some form of Polo or Brut. We’d give anything to put on their jacket or sweatshirt just-to-smell them!!! Siiiigh…
And all of this got me thinking about the senses and emotions we put into our stories. These things have to come from somewhere and I truly believe we pull from our own experiences, even if we don’t realize it. I mean, I am a HUGE lover of perfume. I have my favorites and one in particular that I consider to be my signature scent. And yes, I’m just romantic enough to fantasize that someone might just smell my perfume and be taken back to a great memory they had with someone special, or that someone might even think of ME when they catch that scent on the breeze. That’s what great romantic stories are made of…pure emotion!
But smells are only half of it. Have any of you ever had a Deja Voo moment? Been somewhere or driven past someplace and you KNOW you’ve been there before? OMG, this happens to me A LOT. So it’s not just memories of places I know I’ve been recently or a long time ago with friends, family, etc… But it’s that feeling of knowing you’ve been there, yet you can’t remember when or with whom – you just KNOW. Sometimes it’s kind of creepy, but most of the time I’m romantic enough to concoct some fantasy in my head about what I could have been doing there and with whom. See? There’s a reason why I write.
Even music can play its role in making us remember either good times or bad. Music tells its own story and I love my music. I do make playlists for my stories, and I have special playlists that remind me of certain times in my life. It’s very touching and bittersweet. And it never fails, I can be in the car and hear a song on the radio. You know the one I mean. The song that makes you think of the love of your life – and you smile. Or even the one that makes you think of the really crazy thing you did (like get drunk and sleep in the middle of a field with a bunch of friends and then somehow remember to catch a ride with someone at the crack of dawn because you have to babysit at 7 AM) Or even the fun you had singing karaoke with your peeps. Ahhh, music, it's everywhere!
And why the Hmmm??? Because the things that MAKE us go Hmmm I think can really get the ball rolling for a great story. On occasion I've used a few of those moments in my writing.
So what particular smell, item, song, etc…takes you back and makes you go – Hmm??? And have you used it in a story? I've got my coffee ready, so spill it!