Winter has set in and every evening soup is on in our home! As I went about making cauliflower soup for this evening’s meal, I was was still wondering what I’d write about here today. And then I realized that I love writing as much I love making soup. The creative process process of writing and soup making are quite similar for me. I decided to share with you what writing and soup making have in common for me.

writing and soup making

I’m an intuitive cook – I’ve never had any formal training and I just follow my gut when it comes to putting the soup together. I’ve learned to work with the ingredients I’ve got on hand. But in my mind there’s a particular taste I want the soup to have. The basic ingredients stay the same – a vegetable or a meat stock, but I keep varying the other ingredients. Sometimes I’ll add onions and garlic, other times it’s ginger. Sometimes I’ll put in a couple of basil leaves from my garden for flavour. Other times it’s mint, parsley or celery. Sometimes the stock will be lentils. I keep stirring the pot, tasting and adding the flavours till I think it’s just right. I love sharing what I’ve made – my parents are regular recipients of soup from my kitchen and I’ll almost always call and ask them how they liked it. (If you’re interested here’s a link to one of my soup recipes : Bottle Gourd and Corn Soup )

Can you see the ingredients of a blog post in my soup making process?

  • An idea of what I want it to turn out like – the outline.
  • Following my intuition as to whether I think it might be interesting to others
  • Basic ingredients – good language and easy style
  • Adding ‘flavour’ – personalizing it to make sure it reflects my thoughts
  • Tasting – this involves reading it over and over to see if it is what I want to express and editing it
  • Sharing it
  • Asking for feedback.

Do you have a similar process for writing?

 

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Published by corinnerodrigues

A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A blogging coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. Corinne writes at Everyday Gyaan, reviews fiction at CorinneRodrigues.com and encourages writers and bloggers at Write Tribe and offers offline coaching to writers and bloggers at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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  1. The way you laid this out can be applied to public speaking as well. I have done so much of it lately (3 – 4 times a week) that it just gets better. Isn’t that like cooking and adding more “spice?” I hadn’t thought of that until you pointed it out.

    Nicely done, Corinne

  2. This is a terrific metaphor, Corinne. 🙂 I’ve never made soup from scratch, but yours sounds delicious! When it comes to writing, the tasting part lasts a long time – yup over and over until it’s perfect.

    1. Glad you liked it, Debbie. I’m not very much of a can or packet type and much prefer cooking from scratch. I’m glad that you got the part about tasting! Sometimes, I ask another taster to for flavour too – when I’m writing!

  3. First of all, I want to make your soup but I don’t know if we have bottle gourds here. What would be a good substitute do you think? Second, I’m not sure that I do have a process for writing my blog. Much like in real life words just kinda’ fall outta’ my mouth and there they go. Maybe I should work on that.. Really great connection there with the soup. I really want to try it!