Writing prompt: Marmite

If you’re in Australia you have the better version, which is vegemite.

If you’re in the US/Canada you’ll have to do some writing research on this one. Don’t embarrass yourself (as a writer I know did) by describing it as “green” because it has “veg” in the Australian name.

It’s not green. Do your research.

That book went through an (American) editor who also didn’t look it up. And it got published. It’s out there in black-and-white (or black-and-pink if you have different Kindle settings) for everyone to see.


Anyway it’s not the worst American revisioning of stuff in the rest of the world, not by a long shot, so I can’t laugh for too long.

An editor of mine once misunderstood “Branston pickle” as “Branston Pickles” like they were some sort of gherkin rather than a chutney preserve. That made it into the finished work. Along with worse things they had changed. I nearly died. It felt like being stripped naked in public. It was my second book with that publisher and really I should have made it the last but I was stupid and too starry-eyed about someone actually paying me to write books.

Six more books. I gave them six more, in case you wondered.

I am a slow learner.

So today’s challenge is a very clear-cut Marmite.

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Write a post, including your 100-word response to the challenge, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  2. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  3. That’s it! Super easy.
  4. If you don’t want to write a blog post, or you don’t have a blog, feel free to write your 100 words in the comments of this challenge!

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

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