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Friday, May 4, 2012

What Do These 3 Things Have in Common: Writers, Smells, and Apples?

What does a writer smell like? Some writers may smell like unwashed socks (among other unwashed things). Some writers may smell like cigarette smoke or vodka martinis. Some writers may smell like wet dog or cat litter or poopy kid. (And I think I’ve heard some writers smell like flowers or cookies, but that’s probably a myth.) What can a super busy and slightly wacky writer do about these smells?? The answer lays in apples. Intrigued? Read on!
So why would a writer have a smelly house and be stinky himself in the first place? It could be he just likes being dirty. Or it could be he’s too busy writing to worry about being noisome. Or it could be he’s worried about all the writing he’s supposed to be doing but is definitely NOT doing. He could be smelly because he has writer’s block. Gasp! What is an uninspired writer supposed to do about writer’s block??
Well, consider this: The poet and playwright Johann Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805) had a desk drawer filled with rotten apples. When he was suffering from writer’s block, he would open the drawer often and inhale the scent of those apples as deeply as if he were taking his final breaths. 
Sounds silly, right? Actually, Mr. von Schiller was on to something! The fragrance of spiced apples can abate panic attacks, induce calmness, and clear the mind. That’s exactly what a blocked writer needs!
Whether you’re feeling blocked or not, it might be in your best interest to start whipping up some homemade apple pies this weekend. Not a baker or have no time? Buy a couple pies and stick them in the oven on the warm setting. Fill your home with the fragrance of fresh apples to mask those stinky house smells, clear your mind from those fetid writer’s block smells, and get writing. Then reward yourself afterwards with a slice or two of delicious apple pie!
What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired or blocked? Are you going to make an apple pie this weekend?
Have a happy and delicious weekend, Zigzaggers!

26 comments:

Annalisa Crawford said...

The smell that inspires me is freshly cut grass. So I'll be smelling that, this weekend, rather than rotting apples :-)

Apple pie sounds good though...

SA Larsenッ said...

No kidding? How interesting. Guess I'm buying some apples today, or maybe I'll just lit an apple-scented candle. ;D

Jennifer Shirk said...

Really?
That is cool. I might get myself an apple scented candle now. :)

Christina Lee said...

No way!!! Wow, us writer folks are strange beings (me included)! :D

*crunches an apple*

Kyra Lennon said...

Wow, that's super cool! Sounds like something I need to try!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Eeeewwww!!!!! Vanilla scented things inspire me. And peppermint. I bought a peppermint candle for Christmas and it was amazing for writing. I just didn't realize that until now. Hmmmm.

Tara Tyler said...

and the scent of sour grapes is supposed to curb your appetite!

thanks! i will get a cin apple hand sanitizer & put that in my desk =)

shelly said...

I have not baking time this weekend. If I feel blocked, I walk, doodle, and listen to music. I even talk out loud to my characters.

Julie Dao said...

Yessss! I just bought a bunch of apples from the market! *wanders off to sniff them*

Colene Murphy said...

Huh. That's nutty! Cool, though. Thanks for the interesting info!

Laura Marcella said...

Annalisa- Mmm, I like the smell of freshly cut grass, too! It's the scent of warm, sunshiny months to come. :)

Sheri- An apple scented candle is a great idea!

Jennifer- Go for it. You might suddenly become super productive!

Christina- LoL, I know, I love our strangeness!!

Kyra- Even if it doesn't clear my mind, I'm always up for apple pie!!

Stina- I love peppermint scent! Peppermint has some really great health benefits, too. I think it helps with upset stomachs and tension headaches, which some blocked writers probably feel I'm sure!

Tara- Ooo, I didn't know that about grapes! That's interesting. An apple-scented hand sanitizer is a great idea!

Shelly- Those are great ways to help with writer's block!

Julie- I expect you'll be super productive this weekend!!

Colene- I know, it's funny! But whatever works, right?!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, wow. I love this post. I think maybe I'll have my son bake some gooey chocolate chip cookies. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

First I am going to have a huge slice of your apple pie, then when I am feeling better I will make my own :)

Great post, Laura. How is your writing going?

Susan Oloier said...

What a fun post! You've inspired me to take out some candles today--not sure if I have apple stashed away, though. But I definitely will check.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Wow, what a fun bit of trivia!

LD Masterson said...

Well, if I've been blocked I probably smell like shower gel. I always seem to get my best idea while showering so when I need to conjure up something that where I head.

When the ideas are flowing on their own, I might be a little stinky.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, that's so interesting. I'll have to keep more apples nearby.

Susanne Drazic said...

I'll be making some apple crisp this weekend. That will be a yummy apple smell to fill the house, even if only for a little while. : )

Jemi Fraser said...

Okay - I really need some apple pie now! Looks like I'll be baking tomorrow! :) I'll be adding in some cinnamon too - that's my favourite smell! :)

Laura Marcella said...

Shannon- Mmm, that sounds perfect! And even better if someone else makes them for you. :)

Rachna- Sounds good!!!

Susan- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! I hope you found an apple-scented candle! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Jaycee- Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

LD- I rarely get ideas in the shower or washing dishes. Supposedly water is excellent for stirring up creativity. It doesn't work for me, though. Oh well!

Clarissa- Absolutely! It's worth a try for sure. :)

Susanne- Mmmm, that sounds so good! I love the smells of homemade baked goodies throughout the home. :)

Jemi- I love the smell of cinnamon, too! Enjoy your apple pie!! :)

Jessica Salyer said...

I might have to go to the store and get an apple pie now. Not to smell... you've made me hungry for one. :)

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I guess apples are good for us in more ways than we knew! I'll keep this in mind ...

Krista McLaughlin said...

I now want to bake an apple pie. :)

Libby said...

Never knew that about apples, but suddenly potpouri makes more sense. Also, I don't know how to spell that word.

Peggy Eddleman said...

As I writer, I totally smell like flowers and cookies. :)

ANNNNND, I just happen to have an apple crisp in the oven right now! Hm. Maybe I better take advantage and start writing. :) I also heard that the smell of oranges can help you think more clearly. I was working through a particularly difficult part of editing and just couldn't quite figure it out. So, I got an orange and started peeling it, putting the peels right in front of my keyboard. Then I'd work a little, peel a little, smell my hands a little, ;) and it totally worked!

Laura Marcella said...

Jessica- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! I hope you got a pie! Have a great week. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting and I appreciate the follow!!

Melissa- Absolutely!! You can't go wrong with apples in taste, smell, and attitude. :)

Krista- Do it!!! I didn't get a chance to make an apple pie, but I'm making banana bread today. We'll see how banana bread helps my creativity! :)

Libby- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! Ooo, you're write! Maybe I should get some for my desk! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Peggy- I know you definitely smell like cookies!! I love the smell of oranges. It's my favorite color and fruit and makes me happy, so I know it works for me. :)