Freelance Writing: Simple Tips on Complicated Topics5 Quick Tips from Celebrity Chefs for Freelance Writers

freelance writersFreelance writing is often quite similar to cooking. Don’t you think so?
The tips below might make you change your mind (and improve your writing!)
Anyway, dearest freelance writers, let’s see why these 2 creative professions have much in common.

5 Cooking Tips for Freelance Writers

So, here are the secrets of the best celebrity chefs and how they apply to both cooking and freelance writing:

  1. Having a recipe. If you don’t know where you are going, it’s most likely that you will not get there. When cooking pasta, a chef can’t change his/her mind and start baking an apple pie all of a sudden. The same works for freelance writers – it’s always better to have an outline from the very beginning. Consistency rocks!
  2. Using only quality ingredients. Avoid flies in the ointment – don’t include any doubtful ingredients, such as a 2 weeks old cheese or last year’s onions. A soup that stinks isn’t appetizing at all. The same goes for plagiarized ideas or unverified information in your papers. One awkward sentence and oops – the paper might start to stink!
  3. Paying attention to the smallest details. Every single trifle can be important – whether the cooking time is 13 or 15 minutes, the temperature of the oven 200 or 220 degrees, the salt to be added before or after the soup boils etc. You probably already guessed that such “trifles” in writing are punctuation and format issues – where a comma should go, how the citations should look like. Don’t despise details like this, as they can make a big difference.
  4. Use the best tools available. There is no sense stirring with a spoon, when you can use a mixer. Specialized grammar checking and citation tools definitely won’t do any harm to freelance writers.
  5. Add a pinch of TLC TLC stands for tender loving care. This final touch is very important for all dishes and papers alike. Moreover, by pouring your heart and soul in what you are doing, you have better chances to start enjoying it.

4 More Secrets from a Cooking School

That was not all. Here are even more professional cooking tips that can equally help freelance writers with their papers:

  • Experiment with a variety of spices – add metaphors and similes.
  • Don’t be afraid to fail – keep writing, as it gets better with practice.
  • Get all ingredients before you start cooking – research and brainstorm your topic first.
  • Use refrigerated ingredients – save valuable resources for future papers.

Sometimes good solutions are found in the least expected places. Do you know any other similarities between cooking and writing?