Writers: A Twist of Writing Opportunities During National Pretzel Month
By Kym Gordon Moore
Is it possible to find a writing opportunity when celebrating National Pretzel Month in October? Besides writing about the consumption of pretzels, there are numerous perspectives that can be creatively developed from this topic. With origins in Europe, this twist of bread is one of the foods that is known as an entertainingly synonymous part of the menu at carnivals, county fairs, amusement parks and sidewalk kiosks.
Pretzels are traditionally intertwined with three rings that form the shape of a knot. This baked bread uses simple ingredients like water, salt and flour. It holds religious significance and is said to represent the Holy Trinity. Pretzels were the ideal food to eat during Lenten season. This month is not only a time to commemorate National Pretzel Month by indulging in this chewy treat, but also there is much to learn about its origin and inspiration.
Here are a few writing opportunities to take advantage of when exploring ways to spotlight this food celebration:
Health benefits of pretzels: There are several health benefits that come from eating pretzels. Write an article or blog about the health benefits of pretzels and submit for consideration to small publications or the health section of local newspapers.
Poetry about pretzels: Write a poem about the composition and personal experience surrounding this subject. Memories about eating a pretzel may come to mind when creating poetry.
Write a short story: If pretzels are recognized for the entire month of October, then there is a story behind that. Why pick October instead of March? Is there a connection with the Fall weather compared to that of the Spring or Summer season for this celebration? A lot of imagination can be incorporated in a short story.
Pretzel inspiration: Have you seen art, jewelry or clothing inspired by the twist and style of a pretzel? There is a writing opportunity if you answered yes.
Pretzel related recipes: There are dozens of pretzel recipes to make, that can be documented for a cookbook, to submit to food publishing outlets or blogs. Are there special family connections and memories to pretzels? Perhaps write about the Laugenbrezel, a type of German pretzel that uses a technique by briefly dunking the pretzel before it is baked, in a mixture of water and sodium hydroxide.
Children’s storybooks: Is there something whimsical that can be written for a children’s book about pretzels and used as a teaching tool?
Business Article/Blog: Can you shadow a baker or company specializing in making pretzels and write about their business success? Submit to the business section of a newspaper, blog or business journal.
The type of revenue a single successful pretzel business can generate is upwards of $410 million US dollars annually. Some restaurants are now serving their burgers on a new type of pretzel bun. Do you think the pretzel buns will be as successful as the pretzel itself? That would be an interesting topic of discussion on a food forum.
Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is the administrator of the Tea and Poetry Book Club http://www.teaandpoetrybookclub.blogspot.com/, co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE and selected as one of the 2012 and 2103 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.