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12:00 AM, November 08, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 08, 2018

Why writing is like baking

One of the most enlightening things I realised when I first started baking was the similarity that it had with the writing process I used in my daily life. Try as hard as they may, the best chefs in the world cannot come up with a recipe to salvage expired ingredients and rotten dairy. Likewise, the best writers in the world cannot come up with new pieces if they never think to explore the ever changing dynamics of the world around them that lend fresh ideas and inspirations. Therefore, using the following steps you can “bake” one of the best articles out there.

 

THE INGREDIENTS

Every write-up needs a sturdy framework developed through research and careful understanding of the subject material. Cutting corners does not make poignant prose writers, just how lack of eggs in a pudding results it in being a slushy mess. What is important in making the best cake or writing the best article is searching for the right ingredients.

 

THE SWEETENING

Once the research is done, make sure that you add anecdotes, onomatopoeia, and alliterations to your taste. To make the article sweet and juicy like pouring sugar syrup over your pound cake, create thrilling twists, unconventional villains, and a story that is prominent to relevant times, preferably one about depression, loneliness, or the collapse of the world.

 

THE BAKING

Just as you have to preheat your oven before putting the cake inside it, once you have your rough draft, set your article aside for a while and let the ideas bounce around in your head. Go back to it again once you're ready and resume the editing process. You will need patience, of course, but the excitement you get out of watching your cake rising is about the same as when you read that perfectly edited article.

 

THE ICING

Never underestimate the power of a good icing on a cupcake, the perfect ganache on a cake, or the delectable sprinkles on a donut. Just as well, do not underestimate the addition of good punch lines, flamboyant quotes, and the agelessness that these bring to any good piece. This is the time to really decorate your pastry and show off not just your culinary skills, but also the blatant display of your artistic qualities. Similarly, make sure that you have tackled your article from an angle that other authors have not explored beforehand; perhaps write in a different tense, but all in all create something that is unique to you.

Recipes exist as a way to guide us through a process. For the cautious and weary they are a saving grace but for the adventurous few they serve as mere inspirations, as a way to challenge the norm and go beyond what is said to them. Writing is pretty much the same but much more profound in its exclusivity and integrity. Authors differ greatly in their styles, tone, choice of words, and sense of humour. Much like the regular customers loyal to certain bakeries swear by their pastries, readers tend to swear by their favourite authors. This is why there are a myriad of articles to choose from and a plethora of authors. What is important, though, is finding the recipe that works for you and honing that skill to find your niche.

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