After spending a considerable amount of time daydreaming about making a delicious pizza, I thought I would try to think up some similarities between making pizza and writing.
Some writing blogs out there are probably talking about fancy writing techniques and here at BlondeWriteMore we are talking pizza! Sigh..
For noting: After writing this post I raced off to stuff my face with pizza…you have been warned!
Here are those 12 similarities:
- The pizza you end up making might not always resemble the mouth-watering pizza in your head. The same applies to writing, your draft novel might not sound like the best-selling novel in your head.
- Not everyone will like the pizzas you make. Your obsession with a hot and spicy meat feast pizza will not tickle everyone’s taste buds. The same applies to writing, not everyone will yearn for your steamy vampire stories.
- Stretching, kneading and reworking the dough will give you a better pizza. Editing, rewriting and polishing will give you a better story.
- You have to practice making good pizza and you have to practice writing good stories.
- An urge for pizza is pretty similar to the urge to write; powerful, unstoppable and God help the people who stand in your way!
- Admiring the pizza you just made is similar to admiring the story you have just written. In both situations you sit back, exhale loudly and admire the sheer beauty of the pizza or your latest piece of flash fiction.
- Once you start making your own pizzas you will find yourself comparing your pizza making skills to others around you and perhaps muttering naughty stuff under your breath about their choice of topping or quality of their base. Once you start writing you will also find yourself comparing your writing to others around you. This will also cause you to mutter naughty stuff under your breath about another writer’s book blurb or the amount of big words on their first page.
- Reactions to your home-made pizza can range from an excited gasp to an uncomfortable silence, followed by the standard whisper “good grief – what has she put on that pizza?” Reactions to your latest draft novel can also range from an excited gasp to an uncomfortable silence, followed by the standard whisper “good grief – what has she written?”
- You can make a pizza whilst dressed in your PJs, your dressing gown and comfy slippers, with one eye on Netflix and a finger on Twitter. You can also write a story dressed in your pjs, dressing gown and slippers, with one eye on Netflix and a finger on Twitter.
- Making a good pizza and writing something half decent are both great ways for curing things like bad hair days, broken hearts, low moods, hormonal fluctuations, losing your cat’s affections to another woman up the street, the price discount on your favourite packet of turkey burgers being removed or helping you to get over the horrifying realisation that you went to work with a large piece of breakfast cereal stuck to your behind. So many sighs!
- There are two approaches to pizza making; stay within the acceptable pizza topping boundaries or break every pizza topping rule to show the world you were NOT put on this earth to just eat a plain cheese and tomato pizza. Hell no! There are two approaches to writing; follow every writing rule or happily break as many literary rules as you can to show the world that you were put on this planet to be a literary game changer. Hell yea! So many sighs!
- Share your home-made pizza. Share your writing! 🌟
I wish you all a happy Sunday!
Can you all let me know your favourite pizza topping? I like my pizzas complicated and piled high with chicken, peppers, spices, red onions, sweetcorn and mushrooms. 🍕
Lucy x (in need of a lie down and some more pizza…)