I read an article years ago (pre-Google) about how your personality is evident depending on which stage of grocery shopping you prefer. I think it can also explain writing style. I’ll explain—to the best of my recollection.
Making the list – The Visionary
Is your favorite part of grocery shopping sitting down and making the list? Do you enjoy poking around in the pantry to see if you need to replace that jar of cinnamon? Do you check the refrigerator to see if you’re out of ketchup? (BTW throw out that old jar of salsa.)
Then perhaps your favorite part of writing is bouncing around story ideas and planning the research. Nothin’ could be finah.
Walking the aisles – The Implementer
Ah, there’s nothing better than holding on to that cart (after wiping it down with an antibacterial cloth) and navigating the pasta aisle. You can veer and maneuver with the best of them. This is your reward—turning the list into reality. So what if you extend that reality to those Dove chocolates weren’t on the original list? Add them now so you can cross them off.
You probably most enjoy writing your first draft where you take the vision and commit it to paper. What could be more rewarding than that?
At home – The Closer
Nothing is more satisfying to you than unloading the bags from the car and putting those groceries right where they belong. The cinnamon goes in the spice cupboard, the Dove chocolates get hidden way back on a pantry shelf so no one else sees them, and the milk…seriously, throw away that salsa.
You like the editing process. Shape up that draft, streamline that vision, dig into POV. Life is good.
Enjoying your food – The Epicurean
This category fits all writing styles. Who doesn’t love seeing your book on the shelf, be it online or at the bookstore or library? Celebrate with a Dove chocolate…if you can remember where you stashed them.
Which kind of shopper/writer are you?