Prompt 9/18/12: Smells Like Headless Spirit

Ever tire of elegant ladies who smell of jasmine or bums who reek of human filth? Us too (what does jasmine even smell like?) The purpose of this prompt is to look at details from a different angle… as well as smell, hear, touch, and taste them.

1) Warm-up: take five minutes to write about New York City. Focus on things you smell, hear, see, feel, and taste everyday to describe this wonderful and strange place we live in.

2) Main event: how do you describe something you can’t physically sense? Make a list of abstract concepts, emotions, or ideas. Now take twenty minutes and, drawing on your own memories, describe using concrete, sensory detail.

A few popular concepts from our list:

  • Longing
  • Mischief
  • Hate
  • Perfection
  • Friendship (with benefits)
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