Scribal Love Welcomes Bernadette Marie
The Art of Writing About Pancakes
By Bernadette Marie
Approached with a blog tour, and at least twenty different topics, you begin to grasp at ideas. I’ve been very blessed with my writing. I find the challenge refreshing when someone says, “write about this or write about that.” So I put it to one of my eight year old twins. “What should I write about?” His reply…pancakes!
When you think about a pancakes, you think about the batter. It can come from a box or be whipped up from scratch. You need all the elements before you start and a hot griddle to cook them up. But a pancake doesn’t have to be just plain. No. You can add a delicious array of yummy treats. Chocolate chips. Berries. M&Ms. And my niece’s favorite, Reeses Pieces! Add milk, eggs, a little sugar, splash of vanilla and pour onto a hot griddle. Remember, when cooking a pancake, the edges must be firm and the bubbles in the middle must be few or you can have a real mess.
What in the world does a pancake have to do with writing a book? We follow the same process.
Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser you need the ingredients to make a good story. You need to know what you’re going to write about and a plan of attack. Do you need to plot out every scene? Do you only need an idea in which to fly?
Mixing your batter for your story. Do you have a whisk or a toothpick. Is it going to be easy to guide through the facets of the story with the right amount of conflict and tension or are you going to have to add your own delicious array of yummy treats?
Is your story in need of berries and candies? Will you add something sweet or tart? What does your story need to drive the reader to the next bite?
Now throw it down and watch it sizzle. Remember, even in your story, if you don’t turn it at the right time its either going to break or burn. If you burn it, your reader will be left with a bad taste of your story and your writing. If you break it, well, we’ve all put down a book before it was over.
Once you’ve got the story bubbling just right, flip it. Make it golden brown and serve piping hot to the readers while they are hungry. Go back to the kitchen and whip up another batch, because if you’ve added the right ingredients and mixed in the right amount of yummy treats, they’re going to be hungry all the time and you’re going to want to feed them.
Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.
In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and will begin the process, eventually, of taking on other authors in other genres. Also in 2011 she became co-owner of Seven Songs Press and will release a novella as part of an anthology with other very talented authors in November 2011.
Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. An avid reader, she enjoys most, the works of Nora Roberts and Karen White. She loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.
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Regan Keller fell in love with a wealthy and powerful man once. He was her boss. When that turbulent relationship ended, she swore she’d never again date someone she worked with. That was before she literally fell into her new boss’s lap.
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