Shawn L. Bird

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poem-writing is like baking a birthday cake January 18, 2014

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:43 am
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Writing a novel is like baking a birthday cake.

First, you figure out what kind it is

chocolate, vanilla, spice, angel?

historical? horror? teen? romance?

What is your audience?

Three toddlers?  Fifty seniors?

Then you add the ingredients in some order

flour, eggs, milk, sugar

protagonist, conflict, plot, setting

Then you mix them all together and add some heat

from an oven

an editor or first readers

It cooks, changing from ingredients into cake.

It’s edited from a manuscript to a book.

When it tests as being done,

it has to sit a bit to cool

Then it is shared with a small group, or a huge crowd

People celebrate with candles, smiles and songs

A cake lasts a moment, but the memory can linger.

A book lasts longer, but the memory of the first moment  lingers.



18 Responses to “poem-writing is like baking a birthday cake”

  1. thesewordsiwrite2012 Says:

    Could this be anymore awesome? Love it!

  2. thisoldtoad2014 Says:

    Reblogged this on thisoldtoad and commented:
    Hey teach is this method working, could be done by any?

  3. thisoldtoad2014 Says:

    Hey teach can it be done all on the net?

  4. Aimér Says:

    Reblogged this on books.pens.papers.

  5. syykkogrl Says:

    I really love that analogy, and it is just so accurate!! I am in the process of beginning a story now, and it’s funny that I read this post now. I have been sifting through my “ingredients”, and researching the information so that I could get to the “mixing” stage of my writing, where I can actually toss everything into the mixing bowl, and get it poured into the pan, so to speak. 🙂 Very nicely put!!

  6. This is so true. My recipe is ever changing!!

  7. Bastet Says:

    True…a great metaphorical poem, loved it…by the bye, should we by chance be wishing someone a happy birthday as well?

  8. I loved your poem you remind me of a poem I recently wrote, it is called baking a cappucino
    Another poem called ‘Poetry is a Mango Chocolate Pastry’

  9. Reblogged this on On The Way To There and commented:
    Love this! I so get you Shawn L. Bird!

  10. lramani33 Says:

    parallel is class.

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