Beating Writer’s Block: Describe Your Last Meal

Describe Your Last Meal

This one is easy. Everyone has to eat. We might have varying definitions on what consists of a meal, but typically speaking anyone reading this article will have eaten some sort of meal within the last twenty four hours. For this task, we’re going to focus on describing that meal.

Key Point! You can focus on a number of different things when completing this exercise.

  1. The preparation of the meal. This is optional, but if you really want to get the most out of this chapter, follow through on every aspect of it. Describe what you did before eating the food. Did you have to wash the vegetables for the salad? Peel potatoes? Cook a large piece of meat? What sounds, sights and smells did you experience throughout the process of actually preparing the food and dishing it up?
  2. The company you had during the meal. Thanks to a combination of my age and the current economic situation, at the time of writing I’m still living at home with my parents and my brothers. Most of our meals are communal. At the very least, there are two of us eating together. What was talked about? Was the television or radio on in the background? Who sat where at the table, or did you even use a table?
  3. The sensual experiences of eating the food. What flavours could you taste? What smells filled the room? Did you mash your food together, or pour a sauce over the top? What colours were on the plate? What did you drink with your meal? Was there more than one course?

If you wrote something for all three areas – and we’ll ignore the washing up – you should have dealt with the following different areas of writing: describing a setting, through sights, sounds and smells; describing the actions of a person, and; describing an event, such as a conversation or a shared entertainment experience. If you went into further detail, such as explaining why you used or did not use a table, why you used a particular sauce or spice, what your company wore, and the multitude of other variables, you will have, of course, worked on several other areas of the craft of writing.

Even just the basics, however, should have helped you loosen up your writing gears by addressing different aspects of writing that can be used across every form of writing.

The general use of adjectives, exposition, and actions are part of the writing process for novelists, poets, script writers, and even those who write articles and books of non-fiction. Ignoring those three areas of writing inhibits your ability to connect with a reader, and so in practising them you should find that continuing to write your work in progress is a much easier and more fulfilling experience.

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About Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll is a writer, born, raised and still living in Dublin. By day he's a student and bookseller, by night he writes fiction and uses social media.
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