The final week, the final day of the A to Z Blog Challenge: Zymotechnics, the art (or application of the principles) of fermentation. Yes, of course, applied to writing.
Try not to think brew pub with laptop here. I love a good pint (think dark and a little bitter here) but I’m more inclined to read while supping my beer than to attempt to write. Still, I think the process connects. Fermentation is, after all, a conversion process. (Turning carbohydrates into alcohol or acid.) I do realize that fermentation is used for far more than the creation of beer, but since I’ve started with it, I’m going to stick with it. (Better not to mix, lest someone get a headache.)
Good beer and good writing require excellent starter ingredients — good grain, yeast and water for the beer; good attention to the world around you, within you and within others as well. Gather the raw ingredients together — this means being fully present as you move through your days. Mix — get the rough draft down. Mash — allow things to take shape. Make sure you give them enough time to rest and do their own thing within the tanks for the beer, and within your head and heart and gut for your writing. You choose when and how much to filter (revise, edit) for the precise kind of beer you want. Try to skimp on any of this or rush the chemical reaction and you’ll waste to lot of it. (And, in the case of the beer, it will literally stink!) This is an art, in either case. One that, with the right attention to detail and patience, can bring out the fullest flavor. It’s definitely one I want to practice more, especially in the coming month as I recover from this month’s A to Z Blog Challenge.