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if reading is like eating words and digesting ideas, writing must be like cooking

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If reading is like eating words and digesting ideas, writing must be like cooking. And if you think that way, like real cooking, writing is a kind of food you can prepare in a million possible ways. So, say your words are a chicken fillet, a cut of boneless meat. You can just sear it on a pan and serve it with a pinch of salt or some spices, a dash of olive oil, and parsley leaves (?) on top. And it’s gonna be good. Simple, but good.

But I, personally, find a Schnitzel more interesting. Bread crumb coated, fried crisp and golden, crunching on my teeth, melting in my tongue. If you add some potato to it and mayonnaise to dip it in. Wow. It gets even better. That’s how I think writing stops being just writing and becomes literature. You got texture, flavor, memory, balance. That’s how I like my words. Served on a literary dish you’ll remember and crave for more later, because you had a sensorial experience with them when they got into your mouth, they had taste, when you chew them in your phonetic degustation.

Now, how you do it, that’s another thing. I’ll let you think about it. How do you add texture to your writing? How do you create a tasteful literary piece?

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