Often times, when one thinks of the setting of a book, one thinks of time and place. Writers, especially of fiction, know better. When setting the stage of the story, an author is to use all of the senses.
We are moving house, so our house has been cleared out of any items that would denote someone actually lives there. Oh, it is still livable, it has furniture and the beds and dressers, but nothing personal. Nothing that shows actual people are there. It is, for all intents and purposes, a generic house. My best friend was over, and she told me, “Your house doesn’t smell like your house anymore.”
I will admit that this slightly worried me. Did all of my cleaning and clearing make the nasty smell, that I had, perhaps, become nose-blind to, disappear? “Is that a good thing?” I asked with trepidation.
“No!” answered by BFF. “Your house always smelled like bread baking, and all thing little things you were growing.”
Admittedly, I lean a bit toward the crunchy side of life, so I usually have sourdough starter and kefir brewing in the kitchen. Since we had to make the house saleable, those items are now in the freezer, hopefully hibernating peacefully until they reach their new home.
“It doesn’t smell like that anymore.”
Smell is the sense most associated with memory. Something that a visual could never bring to mind, a scent can bring to the forefront of one’s brain. As an author, my BFF’s comment reminded me that I must be mindful to put scent into my writing.