You would not believe the similarities between writing and baking!
Check the following out below:
- Some bakers plan their cake making projects with military precision. They stick rigidly to the recipe and put in hours of ingredient preparation. Whilst others stare at the food cupboard, listen to the gurgle of their gut and chuck in any ingredient that takes their fancy. This is just like the writing world; some writers plan their stories in great detail, weave intricate plot threads and write pages of detailed notes. Whilst others stare at a crack in the wall, drink some strong coffee and then start writing about whatever pops into their head.
- Some bakers will get frustrated during the baking process; their cake won’t rise properly or some of their ingredients might curdle at the wrong moment. These bakers are left either staring blankly into the oven window or collapse in a teary heap on the kitchen floor. Some writers get frustrated during the writing process as plots don’t go to plan and characters fail to come to life. These writers are left staring blankly at their draft or sat in a tear-stained heap on the floor.
- Some bakers like to boast about their cake creations and some writers like to shout about their literary masterpieces.
- It is amazing what pretty and colourful icing can hide in the baking world. It is surprising what attractive and fancy book covers can hide in the literary world.
- Bakers can spend hours working on a cake and frustratingly the only feedback they will get from a taster is ‘thanks!’. Writers face a similar problem; they can spend days, weeks, months or years on a draft and frustratingly the only feedback they will get from a reader is ‘it was alright!’
- Bakers can put together their cake batter, pour it into the cake tin and realise, as they are putting it in the oven, that they are missing one key ingredient. Writers can relate to this as they will hammer out 70k+ words and just as they are preparing to send it off for submission realise that they have missed out one vital part of their plot.
- Some bakers will spend more time looking for cake making inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram than they do on baking. Some writers will spend more time looking for writing inspiration on Pinterest and twitter than they do on writing.
- There are some bakers who must have ‘baking Jedi skills’ as they produce the most amazing cakes rendering their tasters and other bakers speechless. There are some writers who must have ‘writing Jedi skills’ as they produce wonderful stories leaving their readers and other writers lost for words.
- Baking takes years of practice and experience. So does writing!
- Bakers can experience emotional highs and lows with their passion; some days they feel like a domestic goddess by baking delicious and wonderful plates of cakes. Other days they hate baking so much they turn out a rack of miserable looking buns and tearfully shove them in the bin…still warm. Writers can relate to changing emotional states. Some days a writer can feel like the next J.K. Rowling with their literary creation and some days they will hate the sight of their draft so much they will also tearfully shove it in the bin…still warm!
Have a wonderful day!