Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Just a Spoonful of Sugar . . .

Before going to Paris, we were informed that we absolutely had to stop at Angelina's for the most amazing cup of Hot Chocolate we could ever hope to taste. Expensive, but definitely worth a visit for all you chocolate lovers out there.


So here's the deal. See those white packets behind the hot chocolate? Those are sugar packets. What no one told us was that it comes unsweetened, and that we were supposed to sweeten the hot chocolate to taste.

Uh huh.

Let's just say that first sip was a doozy.

I kindof wish all those people had mentioned that part.

So swinging this around to writing (or whatever activity you love), what extremely helpful advice would you give to a green beginner?

19 comments:

The Golden Eagle said...

Write because you enjoy it, and don't think about agents or publishing until you've actually written something.

Angela Felsted said...

I like the way Italians do hot chocolate, it's so thick it's practically pudding. But so warm it heats you up from the inside out. Truly, one of my favorite things about going to Rome.

Advice I'd give a green beginner? It sounds like a cliche, but I'd say to just keep writing.

Joanne said...

I second Angela's advice. Keep writing, again and again and again. Try different projects, you'll learn something from each of them and find your writing niche.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Emotions are the keys to any story. Without the emotional connection, your reader won't care enough to keep reading.

Madeleine said...

LOL! I guess the unsweetened chocolate is an acquired taste. We are all so used to it tasting a certain way.
I guess the most important bit of advice is to enjoy it. If you put too much pressure on yourself and try too hard somehow the magic isn't there. :O)

R. Garrett Wilson said...

Hehe, you’re asking writers for advice on writing? Hmmm… where do I start? I'm surprised the responses have been so short.

Get into a critique group as soon as possible to learn the craft. Don't take anything they say the wrong way; they want to you to be a great writer instead of a good one. If you get the chance to hook up with a critique partner that you will still love even when you hate them for ruining your life, jump at it. And make sure you are writing because you love to write, because you have to get the stories out of your head and onto paper, because you love the characters enough to bring them to life - any other reasons won't cut it.

Jessica Bell said...

LOL. learn how you like your beverage before you sit down to write about it? ;o)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Paris is FANTASTIC! Here's my advice: Get nutella and banana crepes. They're chocolate cake isn't as sweet as it is here, but it's absolutely to die for, and if you see "Chocolat Muellox avec creme chantilly" order order order! It's like this really yummy vanilla-ish cream poured over chocolate cake with a moist middle. To die for!
Also, be aware that a lot of fish you order may come to the table with head still attached. Don't ask what a meat is or where it comes from, just enjoy it. Buy pastries, they're to die for, and buy a baguette every day. If you don't speak French, that's okay, they'll be nicer if you don't shout at them in English and expect them to understand, however.
Um....
See Notre Dame. The most beautiful place on earth. I personally found the Eiffle Tower overrated, but the Arc de Triumph was fantastic.
Experience: Living in Lyon for a year. :)
Also, if you order water, specify if you want tap, which should be free. But don't be afraid to buy sparkling water either, it grows on you pretty fast. :D

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss janet! yikes! unsweet hot chocolate. ack! for new writers im saying just get a nice place you could like and get busy writing. then get on writers blogs and youre gonna learn soooooo much thats gonna get your writing better.
...hugs from lenny

Tracy said...

I don't have any writing wisdom to pass on, but in regards to food . . . I'd warn any first time London-goers that apparently "Hot Mustard" does not exist in British McDonald's. Rest assured they will think you've gone off your gord if you insist you don't want "Honey" mustard, but "Hot" mustard for your McNuggets.

In all fairness, since I was in London, I should have probably gone for something a little more authentic than eating at McDonald's.

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Um ... there's so much! My favorite of the day is: don't start with back story. I think a lot of new writers fall into that trap. They are easing into their world and they think their readers need to, as well. :)

Amy

Chris Phillips said...

I'd steer them to bransford's blog probably.

storyqueen said...

So, the question is: would YOU recommend Angelina's? My daughter is going to Paris soon. Should she give it a whirl?

Shelley

Dawn Simon said...

Hmmm...have fun with it and allow yourself to suck. I think telling yourself a story you enjoy and being loose helps bring out the good stuff! Edits come later!

Excellent question, by the way. And you're sooo lucky to be traveling! :)

Lynn said...

Unsweetenend hot chocolate? I wonder if anyone does drink it that way.
For beginner writers I'd say take a grammar class. I know it's boring but when a piece is full of errors, it's hard to see the story. And your first critiques will be tough on you!

Carolyn V said...

Oh my gosh! It looks delish!!!! mmm.

Susanne Drazic said...

The hot chocolate looks yummy!

As for writing advice, I'd say to set time aside for writing. If you don't make writing a priority, it's not going to happen. (Telling myself this, too!)

LTM said...

LOL! Add sugar.... :D Still, I bet it was sooo good to drink it. :d

Advice, advice. Just keep writing. You really do get better w/every MS~ <3

Medeia Sharif said...

I would tell a beginning writer that there's no rush and not to query too soon.

I have a sweet tooth, so I'd probably empty all those packets into the cup.