No, I’m not going fruity on you! The simple banana draws out some great points
Being prepacked, they are clean. This, to me, equates safe for eating with no hidden lurgies that can make you feel unwell post-consumption. I think that after-effects are a really important consideration for a writer. What will we deposit in the heart and mind of a reader of our work?
Like a banana, a writer has a distinct flavour (or voice) of their own. This is something a reader comes to recognise. A writer needs to be committed to honing and developing this trait and allowing their voice to mature. Just as a green banana leaves a tart set to your teeth, an underdeveloped voice can miss the mark and leave a distasteful tang. Developing our writing skills is not only a commitment to bringing out the best in our craft, but providing the best experience for our readers as well.
Is our writing easy eating? This could be interpreted in a number of ways, but I’m going to take the angle of ‘choreless’ reading. Some writers do this so well! Their writing immediately engages their readers, and no matter how short or long the text, it provides an experience that leaves you feeling grateful for having read their work. Definitely something to aim for!
As a writer, are we versatile? If you’re anything like me, there are certain styles of writing you prefer over others. It can be easy to invest solely in a familiar, comfortable style. This is fine, but if you are called upon to make a banana split instead of a smoothie, it helps if you’ve challenged yourself creatively in the past. A great way to do this is by joining a writers’ group, especially one that sets frequent writing challenges. (Don’t you always see bananas hanging out in bunches? :) ) Writing courses are also a great way of challenging our comfort zone and providing valuable opportunities to have our work critiqued by fresh eyes, enabling us to become more proficient at our craft.
All these things can increase the health of our writing – just like eating bananas, really. :)
Adele Jones lives in Queensland, Australia. Her writing is inspired by a passion for family, faith, friends, music and science – and her broad ranging imagination. To find out more visit www.adelejonesauthor.com