Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Writing is like chocolate.

To create chocolate you need a delicate balance of ingredients. The chocolate artisan blends them together, forming them in a silky bar for consumption.

I love writing, and chocolate, so when I saw this advert I couldn't resist sharing it. So, in its yummy glory, I present 'The Chocolate Charmer.'

So why am I showing you a clip about some guy playing with his food?

Because the same can be said about writing.

As writers we are word charmers.

You take your ingredients - plots, scenes, language and characters - then blend them together. You heat them to temperature within your word program, and mould them into shape before the hungry reader devours.

We may not get as messy as Mr. Chocolate while we are creating (unless you discount the word count sweats, hair pulling revisions, and occasional screams when the computer freezes). But we get to enjoy the fruits of our labours when we've finished.

And, if we have any, a bar of chocolate.

There we go, two loves combined. Now where did I put my chocolate?


MissV said...

the best thing is words don't have any calories so we can enjoy them all we want!!!

Matthew Rush said...

It is amazing how simple little pieces of language can be put together in so many different ways ... forming into something offensive, beautiful, inspiring, or gut-wrenchingly sad.

I suppose it's the wonder of language that makes us want to write.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You forgot the other reason why writing is like chocolate . . . it's addictive. And withdrawal isn't pretty. ;)

Jaydee Morgan said...

Loved this! And yes, writing can be just as messy. Trust me, I've seen myself after a few hours of intensive writing ;)

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Great analogy! :) Writing and chocolate - two of my favourite things!

Don’t miss out on my contest!

Suzette Saxton said...

I love this analogy! And I love writing and chocolate. Perfect combo.

Shannon said...

"As writers we are word charmers."

Love this. :)

Steena Holmes said...

You had me at chocolate :)

Palindrome said...

I prefer caramel over chocolate but some days chocolate is muy necessa.

You are word charmer, madam!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

MissV. True, but I'm still holding out for calorie-free chocolate. Ah, a girl and her dreams. heehee.

Matthew. Great comments. Words have a wonderful power when you combine the right ones.

Stina. Oops, can't believe I forgot the addictive part.;)

Jaydee. Heehee, I can be a messy writer too.:)

The Alliterative Allomorph. Mine too. I popped over to your blog too, great contest.:)

Suzette. Thanks. Chocolate and writing make me happy.

Shannon. Glad you liked the post. :)

Steena. Ah I have unlocked the posting secret...chocolate.:)

Palindrome. Ooh, caramel is nice too but I agree, some days only chocolate will do.

Jen said...

WOW I think it's safe to say this is the best post ever, though I don't eat chocoloate I know several people who do and they would love you for it!!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Never thought of writing like that. Good parallel. I wonder if my writing is dark chocolate, semi-sweet or milk chocolate. I guess time will tell.

Great post!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Jen. Happy to spread the choccie-feelings.:)

Kathi. Hmm, I imagine writing is a combination of all those kind of chocolate, depending on the scenes. :)