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Monday, September 5, 2011

The Days of the Sloppy Omelette

This is NOT a sloppy omelette
Every writer has them. The wobbles. The days when you fear your writing will only ever be a soggy omelette. You're doing your best but somehow it's never quite right and you fear whoever gets a taste, will come over all queasy.

If you have ever watched Saturday Kitchen you will know about the omelette challenge. Two chefs compete against each other to produce a cooked omelette in the quickest time. If you want to see a great example take a look at this You Tube clip. Two omelettes cooked in under twenty seconds. One cooked, one underdone and sloppy in the middle.

The truth is, the second chef would have also had a perfectly cooked omelette given a few more seconds and without the fear of being beaten by his rival. So with writing, we must look to get our technique right, even if it takes a bit longer (if only it were a few seconds.) On the days when you feel like your writing efforts are slap-dash and will always be wobbly when you dig into them, remember that these chefs took years to perfect their culinary skills in order to be able to produce the perfect omelette (along with a few other dishes.) It is easy to despair with writing and give up all too easily but like with any career - it takes time, energy and practice. Lots of practice. So keep at it - until your efforts are rewarded.

3 comments:

  1. What a random way of putting it, but a very good point made. x

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  2. hi there, what a great analogy! I think you've hit the nail on the head - becoming a good writer takes time, and the more mistakes we make, the more we can learn from them. The greatest trap to fall into is worrying about what other people will think of your writing - I recently read this lovely description in a Margaret Atwood novel:

    “The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read […] You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand, you must see your left hand erasing it.”

    We need to feel free to experiment and make mistakes without fear of judgement.

    Fantastic blog, by the way!

    Ellie

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  3. Thank you, Lucie and Ellie! I was having one of those days and this was the best way to describe it ;-)

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