A to Z Challenge 2013 – M is for…


I love food. I would sooner go to an amazing restaurant for a full sensory experience than clubbing any day. The culinary term, mise en place, is French for ‘put in place.’ In the culinary world, a chef would gather all the necessary ingredients for his recipe. In like manner, a writer has his tools: plot, theme, characters, and all the ingredients for a great story.

Back at the letter “B”, I had my Bug-Out Bag. The contents can be considered the utensils: pots, pans, stove, oven. The ingredients, when used in tandem with the utensils, yield wonderful results. At least, one would hope. Much like a sunken souffle or a burnt pot roast, too much of one thing and not enough of another lead to something less than palatable. In story creation, we need to find the right balance of ingredients: a pinch of wisdom, a dash of suspense, mixed with a heavy dose of conflict to leave readers satisfied.

What are your favorite writerly ingredients when writing a story?


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