A to Z Challenge: F is for Fragrance and Flavor

IMG_4883My first drafts are pretty spare. I focus on characters and plot, dialogue and blocking. Setting details get added later. Internal monologue and reactions happen in the 2nd pass. Sensory details – like fragrances or flavors – are usually an afterthought. I’m trained as an artist, so while it’s easy for me to describe the look of something, I usually forget to include other sensory details until later. But they’re equally important. Scent can evoke memory. Taste can change a mood. Did your character just walk into a used bookstore? Maybe the scent reminds her of her grandmother’s house. Did your character just eat garlic bread? Probably not going to be kissing anyone anytime soon. What if your character is hard of hearing or has limited eyesight? The other senses will be that much stronger, and those details will stand out even more. Those little sensory details can build out a story and create a more 3-dimensional world for your reader to fall into. Continue reading