After posting about getting my second covid shot Terje suggested I need a cake to celebrate. Never one to turn down a cake I took her up on her suggestion. I gave it some thought and it seems to me that in some aspects baking a cake is like writing. Let me explain.
The first thing I had to do was decide what kind of cake I wanted. Did I want a pineapple cake? a coffee cake? a pound cake?
When I write I need to decide on a topic.
I decided on a red velvet cake.
Next I had to decide if I wanted a layer cake, a tube cake, of pan cake’
When I write I need to think about who my audience is going to be.
I decided on a 9 x 13 pan cake.
Once I decided on the pan size I needed to prep it which means I had to grease and flour the pan. I also had to find my recipe.
When I write I need to decide what genre and format I want to use.
O course, I can’t bake a cake unless I have all of the ingredients. So, I pulled out everything I needed and measured out the amounts of each item called for in the recipe.
When I write, depending on what I am doing, I need to gather my notes, outline, our use some other graphic organizer to get my thoughts in line.
Next comes the mixing; putting the ingredients into the mixing bowl in just the right order.
When I write I try to put my thoughts down in a logical order otherwise what I am writing might not make sense.
When mixed thoroughly, I poured the batter into the prepared pan.
When I write I check to see if what I wrote follows the guidelines for whatever form I chose to use.
I place the cake into the oven and now I just sit and wait while it bakes. Watching a cake rise is as much fun as watching paint dry. I check for doneness at the appropriate time. It might need a bit longer in the oven.
When I write I walk away from whatever I wrote and come back to it later to see if I am still happy with it. This is also the time for revisions.
When the cake if fully baked I take it out of the oven and let it cool. Looks good enough to eat.
When I write I get to a point where I am finished and pleased with what I wrote.
Next comes the icing. For me a red velvet cake needs a cream cheese frosting. So, back to my book of recipes to find the one I need.
When I write, even though the piece looks good there might be something a little extra I can to make it better.
Now that the cake is baked and iced it is time to enjoy.
If I am writing a post for SOL I hit publish and send it out there.
So, my friends, thanks to Terje’s suggestions I have a slice to post and a slice to eat. Terje, I share this with you and anyone else out there who would like some.