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On Inspiration: Sometimes it Makes Perfect Scents

Posted by on 14 January, 2013

All authors, across all the ages, all over the world have to find inspiration to write stories from somewhere right? I think so. At least, that’s how it works for me.

Sometimes inspiration smacks you in the face. Sometimes, it sneaks up on you, taps you on the shoulder and runs away, leaving you scratching your head.

It’s hard to say what makes anyone write those first few lines of a novel or say ‘Eureka’ when working out a troubling scene. I’m stimulated by what I see, so Scotland’s mountains and lochs and castles were enough to inspire me in the beginning. Many things along the way caused my creativity to surge, but I was surprised most recently in an unexpected way.

Well before Christmas, a friend of mine hosted an open house where various proprietors bartered their wares. It was an awesome day, and since I’d been the previous year, had my handy dandy credit card at the ready. Totally in Christmas shopping mode, my WIP was the last thing on my mind.

Weathered Leather Scentsy bar

Weathered Leather Scentsy bar

Anyway, to make a long story longer, I happened across the Scentsy booth and, being quite familiar and a fan of the product, stuck my nose into several of the new wax scents. Low and behold, I caught a whiff of my hero from Bound to the Highlander. You can imagine my shock, since most of these scents are more feminine in design. My hero? Well let’s just say he’s smoking hot so no flowery aroma would make me think of him. No this was different. It was salty, and worn, and musky and…James MacIntosh.

I felt like the people at Scentsy made ‘Weathered Leather’ for me as inspiration for editing my novel. The wax block hasn’t made it to my burner yet. Oh no, it sits on my bedside bookcase, its scent wafting through my room constantly. Mother of God.

Oh my, what were we talking about again? Oh right, yes. Inspiration. So, yes who knows where it might come from and where it might take your imagination. The key is to be open to it, for you never know…

5 Responses to On Inspiration: Sometimes it Makes Perfect Scents

  1. Tara MacDonald (@bluewater08)

    I always find a cologne for my male hero based on guys I’ve dated in the past – the good guys not the idiots in my history haha. Totally understand the smell thing. 🙂

  2. Michelle Helliwell

    Wind. Honest to god, that is what inspires me – the smell of it, the sound of it, the way it feels – so I hear you. Don’t question it, just go with it!

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