“Make Cornbread Not War.”
This slogan was on the T-shirt Leslie Kelly wore at the “Tasty Words” food writing workshop and represented just one of the many good pieces of advice the former Seattle Post-Intelligencer food critic offered at the event. Here are 5 more.
1. Be curious and observant.
Food has great stories to tell, but only if you notice them and are willing to dig deeper. Ask questions, and really pursue the answers.
2. Expand the ways in which you express your creativity.
Leslie mentioned that she has started participating in poetry slams. Trying different ways to be creative makes you work harder (in a good way).
3. Find a peer editor.
Writers are always too close to their writing and benefit from having someone else read their work and provide feedback.
4. Fact check your writing.
Bloggers—myself included—can be very lazy about this. Accuracy is important in terms of representing the truth, establishing your credibility as a writer, and helping the food experience come alive for readers. What’s the correct spelling of the chef’s name? Does the Chinese restaurant serve Cantonese or Szechuan cuisine? Did that dish use button mushrooms or creminis?
5. Exercise your writing muscle every day.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from National Blog Posting Month, it’s the importance of committing to creating on a daily basis.