open invitation no. 58: Scents

Adding scent to your writing makes the reading experience more powerful for the reader.

Recently my friend gave me a diffuser. I added it to my studio and have been dropping lavender essential oil in the well. Each time I work as a writer I turn it on. Months later, the scent of lavender is a cue for me to start working as a writer.

This detail gives you new insight into my work space. Even if you’ve seen pictures of my studio and know that it is just the fancy name I’ve given my oversized laundry room where I create, you can imagine a more-real version of my workshop.

Scent is powerful. It is something that can cue habits and recall memories. Let’s use it as writers, too, and pull people into our scenes. The invitation this week is to add a little scent to your writing…it just makes “sense” (wink).

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.


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Published by Ruth Ayres

Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

8 thoughts on “open invitation no. 58: Scents

  1. I so wanted to write about scents -because of your lavender prompt but nothing was clicking. Though just now I am thinking about a poem about lemons and persimmons. Hopefully I will be more productive next week!

    This week I was inspired by children’s playful language and Ramona’s post last week about her grandsons.

    Word Play


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