I’m part of a group of friends who get together for a monthly dinner out. Sometimes, those dinners are at fancy-shmancy restaurants that we save up for, sometimes they’re at diners, and sometimes they’re at our houses.
In the group are 4 couples, and of each couple, the wife is the one who loves to cook. (Not saying that’s always the case, it just happens to be so in my group of friends.)
From watching these women cook, and hearing their stories about where their recipes came from, I’ve come to realize that there are 3 types of recipe people.
1. Follow the recipe to the T, and never stray, ever.
2. Follow the recipe to the T the first time, and then improvise the second time, based on their taste.
3. Read through it, use most of the same ingredients, but adapt most of it to what they like and know about cooking.
I’ve also come to realize that this is the exact same for writers.
I have a thing for gross metaphors. It’s just how I roll.
If you ask my clients, I always tend to have a way of comparing writing to something a little bit disgusting.
For example, I always say that most writers are like an ouroboros.
If you’re unfamiliar with the ouroboros, it’s a snake that’s eating it’s own tail. (That’s not the gross part.)
Think about it. A lot of aspiring writers are circling, and even though the circling looks different for each of them… they’re all circling.
This week, there was 1 thing blasting all over my social media.
PROCRASTINATION. (It’s not the #1 thing.)
Danielle LaPorte’s #truthbomb “If you’re gonna do it - really do it” showed up in my inbox.
That’s more like the opposite of procrastination.
One simple phrase reminding me that if I say I’m going to do something, I need to show up and take action. (It did make me feel guilty for my current procrastinating.)
And then, on my Instagram account, I saw a quote from Elizabeth Gilbert:
“All procrastination is fear.”
FEAR. (Yes, this is the #1 thing.)