Hi, SEers! Mae here to talk about cooking and writing. At first glance these two things may seem to have little in common, but after applying some thought, I began to recognize a pattern. The again, it may have nothing to do with the practice itself, and everything thing to do with the cook/author.
I’m not a great cook. I get by and have a few dishes that I prepare very well. I am also a sloppy cook. When I’m working in the kitchen, it’s a fallout zone of cutting boards, pots, pans, measuring cups, and food items. Alexa is usually streaming my favorite music in the background and my cat and husband steer clear. I measure “close enough” and am not above improvising if I don’t have a certain ingredient or think the recipe would be better without. This is why I will never be a good baker. Baking is a science, but cooking allows room for experimentation.
Now, let’s hop over to writing. I’ve recently made a vow to become better at plotting my novels. Even with that, I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow my beloved Scribble Book. My normal practice of writing is to make story notes on my computer and write research notes longhand in a spiral bound tablet. Someday, I may learn to do all of that in Scrivener, but until then, my patchwork pot-and-pan system works for me.
My Scribble Book is a fallout zone and catch-all for anything that didn’t make it onto the computer or into the tablet. It keeps me up to date with developing plots and character references in my story. Things get cut, other ingredients get tossed in. I track timelines, days of the week, chapter starts and even directions.
Yes, I get sloppy. Things get crossed out, switched around and deleted altogether, but my Scribble Book helps me corral stray thoughts and ensures I end with a concise story. As with cooking, it’s not how you get there, but the result that counts.
Do you scribble when you write, or do you have something else that helps you sort minor details? Do you track timelines and chapter start/stops? We all work a little differently but it’s fun to share. I’m on vacation this week but my SE co-authors are stepping in to reply to comments. We’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂
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