Now, the product of this effort is always short-lived. Cookies, unlike Kiefer Sutherland, generally don't survive 24 hours. Dinner's even worse -- my lovely mushroom risotto is gone in less time than it takes on the stovetop.
But (unlike my perspective on the dishes) cooking and baking never feels like a waste of time to me. Every time I make something, it becomes easier and more fool-proof. I can make pizza dough, pancakes and minestrone soup without consulting a recipe. I always need a recipe for muffins, but I'm sufficiently practiced that I can get ingredients together, mix it all and get the batter into muffin tins before the oven is done pre-heating. It's all easier and faster now than it used to be.
Since I have a writing blog, not a baking blog, you're waiting for me to get to the point, right? (Or waiting for me to pass the brownies... something like that)
For me, it's easier to feel this way about cooking and baking than writing, sometimes. When I pour my time and energy into a project, I want a happy outcome (Incidentally, this is also why I'm terrified to touch the sewing machine). Writing isn't like that, though. Sometimes I tackle a project with a great idea, and then find out I don't quite have the technique (yet) to have it all play out the way I expect. Sometimes I finish something and it's just not ready, or technically fine but really, nothing special.
All of the above makes me want to throw my laptop through the window, but unfortunately MacBooks are not very hardy, so I have to resist the temptation. And, of course, remember that the writing is never wasted. Every time we put our pen to paper or our fingers to the keyboard, we learn a little more about the art... even if it doesn't feel that way in the moment.
And if that doesn't cheer you up? Well, there's always chocolate.
What makes you feel down about writing, and what picks you back up? And... what's your favorite baked good?