Q: What do you get when you throw a bunch of random things together into one compilation?
A: You get a marvelous, yet sometimes bizarre, creation!
At this point, you may be wondering what in the world I am talking about…Let me explain.
When it comes to writing, there is a smÃ¶rgÃ¥sbord of different components that go into the process. You must consider the brainstorming, the long hours, the funds, the advertising, the dedication, and all the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to produce a product to the right group of consumers.
One way I like looking at this concept is my ‘Hot Dog Theory’.
Like hot dogs, writing is usually prepared commercially by mixing all of the elements in one large pot, otherwise known as the composition. As hot dogs consist of many separate parts, beef, chicken, and pork, writing also consists of many separate parts. The ingredients that go into the recipe for producing great writing consists of nouns, verbs, adjectives, spelling, grammar, structure, and presentation.
Food and writing alike, both move rapidly through each process. They pass through blades and pages; being ground and mixed as well as rewritten and erased, all in order to ensure the end product contains all the needed ingredients; thus making both processes analogous. Each combination is now ready for the next step in the preparation process. The same way in which hot dogs are forced through tubes into casings in preparation for cooking, writing is forced through pens onto pages in preparation for publishing.
After this entire process, your final product is just around the corner. With a few finishing touches and the perfect packaging assembled, this analogy comes full circle as all the steps, hard work, and preparation have now produced a clear, complex, and complete product. So enjoy your literature and hot dogs.