A Thanksgiving Recipe for Writers

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.
-Jim Davis

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, writers surely have a lot on their minds! Travel, cooking, cleaning, prepping for Black Friday sales, and maybe even polishing off 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. Here’s a recipe for writing success this Thanksgiving!

Biscuits: You know that delicious moment when you take your first bite of a hot, buttered roll? That’s kind of like the feeling you want a reader to have when they turn the first few pages of your book. There’s delight at what’s happening and anticipation for the wonders to come.

Vegetables: They may not always be the most fun foods to eat, but they are the most important. The veggies of writing are plot, character development, and pacing. Load up your plate!

Mashed Potatoes: A little taste of home! The saying goes “Write what you know,” but it’s really just a taste. Take a funny situation you’ve found yourself in, an interesting story on the news, or a quirk in a friend or family member that makes that person shine, and put your own spin on it. Fiction and non-fiction are different genres!

Pie: Or any dessert of your choice, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Take your favorite minor characters, your running jokes, and your Important Moral of the Story and put them in the pie. These are aspects that we love to write, the top priorities in our hearts, but they may not always engage the reader or propel the plot. Remember: a slice is nice, but the whole pie will give you a stomachache.

Turkey: Everyone gets sleepy eating turkey. Writing is hard work—trust me, you’ve earned yourself a nap!

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all enjoy the warmth of family, friends, and feasting this Thursday.

xo P

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