Writing your memories is a great way to practice writing skills and add dimension to your passages. Describing scents, emotions and other sensory perceptions will help bring a story alive and add more flavor. Though some days in life are sweeter than others, you will also want to journal the chapters in life that are met with problems, solutions, and other smelly things. (Studies also show how tightly linked smells and memories are. Use this to your advantage.)
Whether good or bad, writing experiences down as they happen gives you a chance to capture them while they are fresh. You then have the choice to use them, save them for a later time, and edit as needed.
If you live in Ohio, like I used to, rainy days in Spring smell fragrant and sweet like flowers and wet grass. If you live in Arizona… rainy days in Spring can smell pungent and earthy like mud.
Be sure to correctly align memories in a passage. If you’re writing a book about the “Wild West,” then the smell of cherry blossoms isn’t typical, unless you use it in the story as a memory. Different regions of the world has different aspects about them, and it’s good to capture them effectively. It adds to the realism of your story.
Just like using writing prompts, or brain dumping exercises, writing memories may help trigger other sensations that you hadn’t thought about for a long time.
Use this practice as another means to add texture and to keep your story moving forward.
And, whatever you do, continue writing your memories. You will be glad to have these memories on hand even if it is only to share them with your family.
Have a good day!
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