I’m not the world’s best cook, but there are a few dishes I make that are pretty decent, if I do say so myself. Some things, I’ve been making for years….like my Grandmother’s cheesecake…and know the recipe (yes, there is a real recipe for this) by heart. I don’t even have to look at what I wrote on paper all those years ago.I also make my Mother-in-law’s stuffing for my Thanksgiving turkey. She gave me the recipe over the phone (she was in
Over Memorial Day weekend, I made a big batch of spaghetti sauce (yes, with meatballs and sausages…I also read my finished manuscript out loud while this sauce simmered) and I was thinking as I was pouring ground pepper into the palm of my hand that I don’t measure either. At all. It looks right. Or it smells right. Or tastes right (my DH is the official taste-tester, but when my son lived at home, he was an official tester, too). I would be hard pressed to write down the recipe for my sauce although I have tried to for my son….I came to the conclusion, he’ll just have to watch me do it.
Which brings me to my writing. As with cooking, I have no recipe. I start with my hero or heroine (depends on which one is talking to me the loudest). If I’m lucky, he or she will tell me their story. Notice I say IF I’m lucky because it doesn’t always happen this way. Sometimes, I only get hints of my characters or the setting or the story, but if I mix it all together with a little of this for adventure, a little of that for romance, I might get something that’s not a recipe for disaster like some of the concoctions I’ve tried over the years.
What about you? Do you have a favorite recipe you like to make (that is, when you’re not reading).
As always, happy reading!Marie