tracy_d74 (tracy_d74) wrote,
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Is It Ready?

Last week, while I prepared my contributions for Thanksgiving dinner, I noticed a theme.  I kept undercooking food.  I’m a “cook it until it looks right” person, which means I rarely know how long something is supposed to cook.  Most of the time this approach works.  But when it doesn’t, it can be frustrating.  It means I have to keep poking and prodding, tasting and sampling, and asking for feedback.  All of this in the pursuit of a perfectly cooked dish.  A dish that will inspire belly rubs, satisfied smiles, and the desire for seconds.  

 

Interestingly, this baking theme is also my writing theme for the year.  I have an undercooked book. I keep poking and prodding, tasting and sampling, and asking for feedback.  All of this in the pursuit of a perfectly cooked…uh, I mean, well written book. But unlike a dish, writing a book does not come with a “cook time.”  It is an “I’ll know when it’s done,” experience. 

 

Some writers can write a book in three drafts, others need a gazillion. (I suspect I may be in the latter group.)  But it isn’t about the number of attempts.  It IS about creating the perfect dish/book.  Sometimes that means starting over.  Sometimes that means poking and prodding.  Sometimes that means trying a new approach. 

 

As I do a final read through before I send DC out for another round of critiques, I want to leave a little reminder to myself:  Tracy, it is about creating the best story.  You have to keep at it until it “looks right.”

 

(Or say, "screw it," and send out for pizza. J)


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