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Mmmmh…There is nothing like the smell of hot, home-made bread, fresh from the oven. I wish the internet/WordPress could figure out how to embed scents into blog posts but since I know you have a great imagination…Close your eyes and picture/smell bread fresh out of the oven.
Bread is a world-wide symbol of nourishment. In my own home, I have many fond memories of my mother baking homemade German bread *recipe passed down through the generations* and the amazing smell wafting through the house, guaranteed to pull all of the family to the kitchen.
So…what does this have to do with writing? Well, bread has to have one key ingredient to give it that rise and that ingredient is yeast. Much like a story has to start with a kernel of an idea. A question of what-if? A character with such a compelling story that you have to be the one to write their story. A setting that teases your imagination. Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Secrets. All of these are the yeast to a writer’s baking.
Home-made bread is the symbol for my month of August.
July was a wash-out for me as personal issues pushed writing to the background and at times I felt like I was a wheat kernel on the threshing floor waiting for the harvester to scoop me up. But sometimes we don’t or can’t control our external lives and we just have to keep our head above water and keep swimming.
The good thing about real life dramas is that we can use them for fodder in our stories. I don’t mean writing a tell-all or fictionally “killing off” your most troublesome relatives. *Even though it is incredibly tempting to do both.* No, you can use the emotions – both high and low – to bring depth to your fiction. Going back to my bread analogy: Baking bread is tough on the muscles. You need to knead away any imperfections and to continue until you get the perfect consistency. Then you need to have a hot oven or hot fire to bake the bread. In just the same way the fire of real life dramas can help you bake a story that is rich and layered. For this writer, writing is both my therapy and my sanity. It is the best place I know to throw excess emotions leaking out from real life dramas…
So this August I am going to be baking my bread and watch it rise into a hot, fresh and new manuscript. (Genre: Paranormal Psychological Thriller) I already have all the ingredients mixed in especially the yeast of a sparkling idea, now I just need to pop it in the oven and see what rises. Hopefully what comes out of my efforts is hot, fresh and delicious. I am really excited about this new WIP and have been itching to get to work on it. The main character is already a favourite of mine: She is complicated and strong-willed but she has a secret she can’t tell anyone because if she does they may just lock her away in a padded cell. But keeping this secret makes her the #1 suspect on investigator’s lists which leads her into a whole world of trouble. Watch this space and I may drop a few more breadcrumbs about her story.
I have a ^word count goal all set in Scrivener^ for the whole month and broken down into the individual word counts for each day. I have a plotted out first draft, character profiles and backstories. I am ready to make this the month of the WIP.
(Aside: ^^ = To edit and utilise Project Targets in your Scrivener project. See below.)
On your Scrivener Menu – Go to Project, Then Show Project Targets
There you can edit either a session goal (words/pages/chapters) and/or a project goal. You can also add in a deadline date as well as mark what days you will be writing on. Then Scrivener will calculate it all together for you and give you a daily total of words/pages/chapters needed to reach either/both the session and the project goal. *This instruction is for Scrivener Version 2.3 for Mac*
What are your goals for August?
Bread-wise…do you have a favourite bread recipe you would like to share?
8 thoughts on “The hot fresh smell of Home-Made Bread…”
The traumas, the sorrows, the joys, and the surprises that life brings do tend to end up in my fiction. They are transformed and stylized, but my stories could not exist as they are if life had not befallen me in exactly the way it has. Often, I find that writing allows me to give meaning to things that were essentially meaningless in real life. Sometimes, writing helps me see meanings that were already there. I agree: life is the yeast, writing is the act of prepping, kneading, baking, and the stories themselves are the final, wonderful, sustaining loaves of bread.
Love this post.
I guess that is why we are writers…to throw our real life dramas into fictionalised scratchings on paper/the screen 🙂
A worthy goal, good lady. Bonne chance!
Hi Simon 🙂 You always make me smile with your comments!
Thanks for stopping by!
My goals for this month are to finish the first edits in my historical and start second edits. I’m feeling the need to do some new writing so will start plotting second novel in SF trilogy.
Love the bread analogy! Mmmm… Smelling your Mum’s German bread across the globe! Xx