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This Week – 31st July 2017

 

How fast this year has gone, it’s only 21 weeks till Christmas appears again. Never mind that though, let’s concern ourselves with this last week and what’s been going on.

The Bragging Stool.  Laura is still on a roll and had another story published in an online journal called Spelk Fiction.  https://spelkfiction.com/2017/07/28/breaking-the-seal/

Well done, Laura.

Five of us are in Ad Hoc again, the five being, Sue, Angela, Laura, Chris N and me. Congratulations all and come on team – lets up the quota of Writers Abroad in this weekly competition. Why not give it a go? 150 words and written to a chosen word. Until August 2nd the word is Drag.

http://adhocfiction.com/submit/

The Blog    Alyson has written a very inspiring blog on smells and the various emotions they evoke. She reminds us of how we can use smells to denote a change in the story we are writing. Plenty to think about here.

The Monday Muse.     Laura will be writing this and will no doubt provide us with plenty of interesting topics.

The Formal Meeting of 30/7/17      It was an interesting meeting yesterday & Jill has provided us with some excellent minutes. Those unable to attend will find them perfect for catching up on all the discussion.

August Opportunities & Challenges   Several competitions have been listed by Jill in the minutes of yesterday’s meeting and please, feel free to add if you find another competition somewhere.

That appears to be all but if I have forgotten something please let me know.

In conclusion, I leave you with this lovely quote. Have a great writing week.

Smelling of Roses Tags: writing tips

We all know that good stories engage the senses, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves how we can achieve this.

            Our sense of smell is one area we often don’t consider as much as the other senses. It is a more intrinsic part of us and not one we are always explicit about. But think of the ways that smell can add to a story.

            Firstly, smells can help with setting. Consider coconut sunscreen, fish and chips frying, ozone, rotting seaweed and candyfloss and you will have conjured up a seaside landscape without expressly saying so. Likewise antiseptic, boiled cabbage, urine, floor polish and fear might evoke a hospital or old people’s home.

            Smells can also help set an emotion. The sour odour of sweat can show a character is fearful, or a chemical smell might evoke danger and worry. The sweet smell of chocolate can bring happiness and (for me) that first coffee waft of the day brings relief and awakening.

            Other smells bring to mind a familiarity or history with a person: lavender for a grandmother or aftershave for a boyfriend; or with an activity like gingerbread at Christmas or pine with cleaning.

            A quick search on the internet told me that we react to different types of smell. Different websites offered varied lists but several agreed on the following: fragrant (florals and perfumes), citrus (lemon, lime etc), fruity (non citrus fruits), woody (pine and fresh cut grass), chemical (ammonia, bleach), sweet (chocolate, vanilla), minty (eucalyptus or camphor), toasted and nutty (popcorn, peanut butter), pungent (blue cheese, cigar smoke) and finally decay (rotting meat, sour milk). How many of these do I or you ever think to use in our writing?

            A poll by the Daily Mail printed in 2015 recorded the (British) nation’s favourite smells as fresh bread baking, cooking bacon and freshly cut grass. At the other end of the scale were bins, drains and body odour. Smelling from either category might determine your character’s mood at any point in time.

            But some smells are not static and can reflect a change happening in your story as well. Think of a couple arguing while the toast goes from that nice breakfast smell to the acrid odour of burning, or a cake cooking that turns to carbon while someone sleeps or forgets, or as happens where I live, a farmer starts spreading muck.

            And finally the act of smelling has entered our daily language. Will your detective smell something fishy, sniff out the truth or be put off the scent? Can your heroine perceive the sweet smell of success?

            As you write your next story, poem or nonfiction piece remember that a smell can offer the reader a short cut to a person, a place or a feeling and tell them something without you necessarily having to explain it.

            And you’ll be smelling of roses. 

This Week on Writers Abroad 24th July 2017
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Tags: Writers Abroad writing

Good morning, all. It may be the summer for those of us in the northern hemisphere but I see that Writers Abroad is as busy as ever. So, let’s see what we have happening this week:

Monday Muse: Angela has given us some diverse and thought-provoking prompts that include challenging situations to write about and intriguing images.

Blog: Chris N has discussed an issue that many of us grapple with: how to get in enough writing time and juggle our other responsibilities at the same time. She has struck a realistic balance between encouraging us to keep at it and understanding that we do our best in our own circumstances.

Bragging Stool: This forum is hopping this week.

Firstly, five of our members have had writing included in the current Ad Hoc. Congratulations to everyone!

And Laura has been busy. She has 3 flash fiction pieces accepted for the print publication, Flash and she has also had That Apple included in the online journal, Fictive Dream. Congratulations, Laura!

Reminders: Our formal meeting for July is this coming Sunday, 29th July, 11am CET. Jill is chairing. Also, don’t forget to consider where you want to be in your writing 5 years from now, and share this with our members in the Our Writing Vision thread.

Hope everyone has a productive writing week, within the confines of whatever they are juggling. I don’t think I’ll try to juggle our cows though – I might end up with a back injury…Happy writing, everyone.

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