Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Allow to simmer for as long as it takes.
to prepare the stock:
1 C reading other like works directed toward your intended audience
(To provide a richer flavor, sprinkle with reading a wide variety of genres)
1 C networking
1 C critiquing
1 C instruction in the type of writing you're trying to do
You may freeze this stock indefinitely, making sure to replenish it as needed.
Add to the basic stock:
1 T engaging premise
1 T likeable and entertaining characters
1 T voice
1 T believable dialogue
Fold in just enough backstory to keep action moving along.
Bring mixture to a slow boil. Add:
1 t pacing
1 t suspense
1 t fulfilling promise to the reader
You will need to taste the mixture frequently to ensure it is the right consistency.
If mixture is undercooked, will appear thin and runny.
If mixture is overcooked, will appear mushy and heavy.
Mixture is done when critique partners urge you to submit it. In that case, serve immediately and enjoy.
What do you think? How would you change/improve this recipe? Do you have a recipe of your own?
Kim Van Sickler