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Weekend Writing Prompt #233- Vellichor

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.  I so love when Sammi chooses a word I have to look up. How could I resist?  I couldn’t.


wk 233 vellichor

That Je Ne Sais Quoi


“The Book Nook”

Senses stimulated

Eyes see shelves and piles of books

Ears hear soft classical in the background

Fingers touch soft, used leather

Nose takes in that scent of musty

Together they make up a feeling

John Koenig calls it vellichor

Strange wistfulness

Sounds right to me


95 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #233- Vellichor

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  2. Dear Dale,

    No kindle can replace the scent of a book. And that sound when you close the book is sheer heaven. Loved your poem and I see, now that I’ve finished mine we went in similar directions. Perhaps we’re in the same bookstore. 😉

    Shalom and lotsa literary hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      You are so right. All of that cannot be had with a Kindle. And with a word like this, pretty much everyone went there! As I was telling Bill, some words are more limiting than others!

      Shalom and Lotsa vellichor love,


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    • Why thank you, Ma’am!
      Am watching a movie and thinking of you…
      “A Little Chaos” with Kate Winslet in which she is a garden designer creating part of the gardens of Versailles… Have you seen it?

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  3. Musty books, now that is a smell I can never shake. And I hate it. It taints the words inside, I think. in someway. I mean would you read words that smell like dirty dirty dirty socks.

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  4. Q

    There is nothing quite like a book. And to be surrounded by books, even better. It’s a feeling of familiarity, no matter where you are. I remember one of my favorite restaurants downtown, they had a “book room” that you had to make reservations to sit in. It was very popular, and no wonder. Having a meal while surrounded by books, a simple beauty.

    As for this exquisite piece, you scored TWO Melvilles!


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  5. I adore old books! Everything you say is true.
    Also, old fabrics also have vellichor. The touch, the hand (feel), colours, textures, the smell, the drape and more…. vellichor!

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