Monday, July 20, 2009

Betty Crocker's Quick Writing Class

Sorry today's writing post is so late. Plenty of excuses . . . if I'd climbed out of bed at four this morning, maybe it would've been on time. But I woke up at my regular time. It's been one of "those" days.

All the things I've thought to write about, before I actually got over here to write about them, seemed to require more thought than my brain is capable of today. So I tried to think of something quick and easy - like the Betty Crocker Quick Writing Rules - 15-Minutes from Start to Finish.

So here you go.

Before you begin, have these items handy:
Idea
Basic knowlege of grammar and punctuation

Mix together:
Characters
Plot
Setting
Conflict
Tension
Stir until blended thoroughly.

Edit for:
Overused words
Redundancy
Pacing
Flow
Plot holes
Character motivation

Bake for at least one day.

Re-read as it cools.

Serve.

8 comments:

Dick Stodghill said...

I like it. Pretty much says it all.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thank you, sir. The blog equivalent of flash fiction. Flash blog?

Waconda Springs Soap Works said...

Pretty darned good.

Carol Kilgore said...

Betty and I try to make your life easier.

Mark Troy said...

Carol,
Great post. However, I like to cook with wine. What would Betty say about that?

Carol Kilgore said...

I like to cook with wine, too. Sometimes I even put it in the food. I stole that from someone . . . maybe it was Betty.

Jack Bludis said...

Everything you need to know is right there. I especially like your note that basic knowledge of grammar and punctuation comes in handy.

So few beginners seem to know that.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thank you, Jack. Punctuation and grammar are our tools. There was an email 'thingie' a couple years ago with the same sentence punctuated two different ways - two distinct meanings.

Here are just the words:
Woman without her man is nothing.

Here are the two punctuation examples:
1. Woman, without her man, is nothing.
2. Woman: without her, man is nothing.