It’s not news that some tastes or smells can shoot you back to certain moments in life, conjuring up all the emotion that went with them. Author Marcel Proust utilised this wonderfully with a mouthful of tea into which a madeleine had been dipped, aptly demonstrating the powers of involuntary recollection.
In your own writing, I invite you to evoke this strange alchemy – give your character a bite of some food or a mouthful of some drink, and use it to evoke a memory that tells you something significant about them.
Now go and get yourself a slice of something delicious. It’s all research, you know.
If you write something prompted by this idea, I’d love to know. Just send an email to Judy(at)socket creative.com. With your permission, I’d love to publish it on SkyLightRain.com.