I love Gordon Ramsey...you know, from Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and now Master Chef.
not that I'm a cook or anything...I just like the way he lays it on the line.
Anyway, I was watching the most recent episode of Master Chef and there was a woman whose family was of Mexican heritage and she was cooking some fancy schmancy dish for Gordon.
He made her go home, get stuff from her cupboard and come back to cook him something authentic.
She made chile relleno and passed on to the next round.
The point? She wasn't being authentic. She was trying to impress...trying to do what she thought Gordon Ramsey wanted her to do.
But what made her a good cook was just being herself
trusting her instinct
nothing fancy...just good old Mexican cooking.
It's the same with writing, or whatever our passion and pursuit is.
We shouldn't write to the trends.
Shouldn't cater to what we think agents or editors want to read
We should just be authentic.
In the end, that is what will make our work shine.
Questions: Have you ever been tempted to sway your work toward the trends? Has it worked for you? How do you find that balance...or do you not worry about that? And, is anyone else out there a Gordon groupie?