“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” Earnest Hemingway
Living Quote for the week:
About the Smell…
I’m trying to nail the smell of “my people.” Seriously.
It’s not easy. Every man can’t smell manly. Nor every woman, delicate. In the real world people smell distinctly different. Describing those distinctions and having them not only identify the character, but also tell us something about them is an art, one that I’m scratching at the edges of and would love to master. For example Bob can smell of stale cigarettes, last night’s party, cheap wine, chalk board dust, sauerkraut and beer, salt and vinegar potato chips, gunpowder, embalming fluid, moth balls or…
Part of defining body odor is recognizing perfume fragrances. When I started researching them I found a plethora of fun names for cologne, which also add to the character. I have one naughty lady wearing “Black Dahlia” and a cop sporting “Guilty.”
On my to-do list for my Seattle trip is finding out what these perfumes actually smell like (that and looking for Glocks in pawn shops). The life of a writer. I digress.
My point is that perfume names are wild.
Here’s a little list for women: Body Tender, Candy, Knowing, Bandit, First, Obsession, Opium, Joy, Spellbound
And for men, a quote from Esquire magazine:
“Scent triggers memory. Science says so. Which means that cologne can be more than just a way to smell nice. It can be an olfactory scrapbook carried around your neck, each element reminding you of some aspect of who you are, what you’ve been through, or how you feel about babies. So don’t choose a cologne because it’s what you want to smell like. Choose it because it smells like you.” (Esquire Magazine on-line)