Our sense of smell is a powerful memory trigger. A familiar scent can evoke emotions buried and memories believed forgotten.
Read this once through and then complete the steps.
Take three cleansing breaths. To do so, sit up straight and close your eyes. Inhale through the nose, drawing deep from the belly. Pause for a moment and then exhale forcefully through the mouth.
Again, inhale deeply through the nose, pause, and then exhale through the mouth.
Repeat once more.
Open your eyes. Notice the space around you--the temperature, the sounds. Think of someone you love. Remember a time when you were reunited after a period of absence. What did the place where you came together again smell like? How did the other person smell? What was it like to take in their scent? Was it as you imagined when you were apart, or did you notice something unexpected?
Use your sense of smell to guide the emotions of your writing, but don't stop there. How did you feel? Where in the body did you notice those sensations? How did the person sound? Did you notice something about their appearance--something new or something you generally take for granted?
Now use what you've just written, but transfer the experience to two invented characters. What's their situation? What brings them together? What unfolds next?