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!