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How To Write Better Food (And Why You Should) | Standout Books

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Written by JoAnn Chateau

Standout Books editor Fred Johnson explores the sensory and symbolic aspects of food in good writing. Which makes me wonder, when I write about Chester (the Alpha Bichon), should he be a kibble connoisseur? How do you use food in your writing?

“Done well, food can act in surprising ways in fiction. It can break up extended sections of dialogue, interrupt action, or ground scenes that would otherwise be a little too high-flying. Beyond that, food evokes the sense of taste, and brings all the benefits of good sense writing. Food can also reflect your characters and the settings and cultures they inhabit, and can be used more broadly in a metaphorical or symbolic capacity. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves; before we talk about what food can do, we should discuss how to write it effectively.” ~ Fred Johnson

READ MORE: How To Write Better Food (And Why You Should) | Standout Books

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About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


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