The weekend is here and I’m thinking about the fluffy pancake video I watched last night from a famous bakery in Japan. How many whisks of the wrist does it take to get the perfect jiggle? According to chefs all over the world, about 1,000 by hand. I don’t know about you but I think I’ll leave the making of squish to the professionals.
Being a writer watching food videos I started to wonder about getting the right drizzle of syrup and the right flavor? What about the butter? The smell of sweet, sticky bread with warm melted butter with honey colored syrup made my mouth water.
Part of being writer has trained me for something else – asking questions for details. Being able to help readers visual things like scents, sounds, and taste on paper doesn’t take a ton of adjectives. Keep it simple but hit the sense. You don’t need fancy words because who wants to look up word meanings in google when they’re reading about food? I don’t.
This leads to me an easy prompt as we go into the weekend. You can do this on your earlier exercise of planning an outing. When you go out, pick out something you wouldn’t normally try. Sit in silence and savor, even if it’s a cup of coffee. What words come to mind. Focus on the 5 senses and write it all down for 5-10 minutes.
I just love sentences that have me sitting with the main character, in that special diner or cafe tasting the same things. Words that make my stomach growl are even better. Keep working on your craft! I’ll see you again next week!
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