Last night, he finally settled on one, I went to the store and got the billion ingredients needed and put it together, and, well, we shall see how it goes today! Thank the Lord for Crockpots!
When looking for a recipe, he was looking for a few key things that he really wanted in his chili.
1.) PEPPERS!!! My hubby LOVES spicy things and loves a good mix of peppers, so he wanted to find something with a flare of spice and just the right mix.
2.) CROCKPOT!!! Because of our schedule, we needed to slowcook this thing, and some recipes are made better for that than others.
3.) NO BEANS!!! Hubby HATES chili with beans.
4.) BACON!!! Bacon makes everything a little better, right?
Well... he didn't really find the exact recipe he wanted, but he found one pretty close, he just had to tweak a few things.
Writing is a bit like this.
We have basic ingrediants that are in ALL novels... but it is the little bits of extra that make it stand out. But many times, those things that make it unique also make it appeal to some and not to others.
But... if you just make plain chili... well, that is a big boring, eh?
Same with a novel. You can write a very basic novel, very basic, elementary plot, but it'd be a take it or leave it story.
What are the basic ingredients to a novel?
- Of course, you have a main character or two.
- A secondary character or two or twelve.
- A main conflict
- Main goals/motivation
- A black moment
- A satisfying ending
Do you have a dash of suspense, or maybe you have a whole cup?
A heap of romance, or just a pinch?
A sprinkling of humor, or do you pour the whole bag full in?
Sometimes we have things we do NOT like in a book. As writers in the CBA as many of us are, graphic "sex" scenes is one of them, or profanity.
Whatever your recipe, whatever your flavor, make it YOURS. But be careful...
Too many peppers can make your reader scream and throw your book and run for a glass of water...
And too much cheese can give them a bad case of indigestion.
Discussion: What are you favorite ingredients for YOUR novel?