Has this ever happened to you? You want to write, you are at the computer, but nothing comes; the minutes feel like hours, the hours feel like days; you start to stress because the deadline is approaching; the ideas just won’t come; fear is taking over because soon enough everyone will know you have writer’s block and you will never meet your deadlines. We did a writeup for Media Shower recently on how to overcome writer’s block. It has some great tips if writer’s block is something you struggle with. Since we are food focused here, I thought I’d share a few tips for food writers specifically.
Favorite Cooking Shows
I have a few favorite shows that hook me in. Chefs Table, The Mind of A Chef, anything Anthony Bourdain. Speaking of Anthony Bourdain, I am excited to say I have finally met that man just a few weeks ago at SXSW in Austin. I’m typing this post with the same hand that shook his! Now that’s a whole other post coming soon. Ok…Focus…Back to writers block. As I’m thinking about these shows, I wonder what draws me in. For instance, Chefs Table; I love to hear the stories of the who/what/why/and how did they get to where they are. I usually find something so interesting I find myself googling parts of their discussions for references on other things related to what they are talking about. And I’m guessing, if I’m doing that others probably have the same questions or ideas. Well shoot, I may as well write a post about it.
If You Could Eat A Meal Anywhere in the World, Where Would It Be?
This is part of the appeal about the Anthony Bourdain shows. I am a traveler at heart, always have been and always will be. I could daydream for days about places that I want to travel to for dinner. My schedule doesn’t permit me to hop on a plane and go to Thailand for some Gang Pa whenever I want, so I have to make it at home when the urge strikes. Shoot, I could do a full year of Travel Tuesday posts.
It seems like every other day there is a new food trend in the news. Recently I had a great sampling of bugs. Yes, bugs, you read that right. I’d been hearing about dried crickets and other critters for a little while. I certainly wasn’t excited about the trend. Being raised in the US, eating bugs just isn’t a normal thing. I had the opportunity recently try a few dishes, and I will say, I was pleasantly surprised. I can easily think of a few posts about the trend. Shoot, I could even whip up a few recipes if I was so inclined.
Cookbooks: If You Could Have Only One, Which One?
I am a collector of cookbooks. I am probably approaching 500 books now, with 400 of them being pastry or chocolate related. If I could only have one, my first response would be to cry. But if I were going to downsize the collection, I could do a weekly post on narrowing it down to the top 10. Then I could probably do another series of cook offs to get it down to the top three. Then possibly a giveaway to my readers so they could join in the fun, and we all collectively do a final cook off to get to the last remaining book. I like this idea! Not the part about getting rid of my books, but the cook off with the readers part. How fun would that be?
Well there you have it! I hope you get some ideas from this post. I know I did. If you have other ways to overcome writers block please share in the comments and let us know. Now start writing and get some words on paper.