I have always loved to write, but I have also always loved to cook. The holidays have just passed, and during that time, I decided I wanted to make a pumpkin pie.
Now, I figured it would be rather simple. I’ve made many pumpkin pies before, and by now I should have it down pat. What I didn’t realize was that the recipe I was using was different from the last. Imagine how shocked I was when my pie turned out to have the consistency of yogurt.
What I realized from this was that without the right ingredients, pies just won’t come out right, and, I know, neither will books. If your story isn’t made right, it will be like that pie.
I’m not saying that your story will have the consistency of yogurt; what I am saying is this: to write a successful story, you have to include all the parts (a good protagonist with which the readers can associate, the possibility of redemption, and an antagonist are some of the ingredients to a good tale).
Another important thing is that, just like when you check to make sure you have all the ingredients before starting to bake the pie, you must check your plot before you write, to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything that could add spice to the story.
Last, but not least, write with good taste. If your story is bland and ordinary, who wants to try it?
So, that is what I learned from my pie-baking attempt. For now, I think I’d better stick with writing.
(This is similar looking to my pie. Like many stories, it looked good, but was a lot different when you tried some. In my pie’s case, it was soft and runny.)