3 Ways Your Story Must Be Like Chili

1339876_43156282There is nothing like a warm bowl of chili on a nippy day to warm you inside out. Reading a good book can have much the same effect.

Have I gone bonkers? Am I on a diet and I just dream food? Nope. Truly, there are 3 Ways Your Story Must Be Like Chili.

Without these three ingredients your story will fall flat and likely not reach publication. If it does make through publication, you may struggle with readers falling in love with your story.

3 Ways Your Story Must Be Like Chili:

*Must Include the required basic ingredient- The Hero’s Journey. Every pot of chili must have the chili spice in it, or it would not be chili. Likewise a story must have a hero’s journey in it or it will not be a full novel.

What is the hero’s journey? It is how the hero/heroine changes from the beginning of the story to the end. It is how they are impacted as an individual by what happens in the story.

For Example:

We see how Nemo and his father are set up for change in the story by the inciting incident. Nemo’s capture sends Marlin on his journey.

Some places you can find out about the hero’s journey are the book How to Write a Brilliant Novel by Susan May Warren, the My Book Therapy Website and also in the book The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.

*It must include fresh ingredients. Whatever you put in your chili can add a richness of flavor, especially if it is fresh. In our novels the same is true. Our ingredients must be fresh, unique, and rich in flavor.

The cast should draw us in with it’s richness. The plot should have unique flare. There should be a twist of surprise. All things we love in chili.

*We must let the story cook with time and thought. Great chili is cooked over a period of hours. A great story is cooked over a space of time that allows us to blend the flavors perfectly, to consider all options, and to draw out the best of the flavors to be predominate.

Taking the time for story ideas to marinate and the best twists and turns in our story to come to mind is essential for uniqueness. When we rush a story, or are not open to adjustments that might strengthen it, we run the risk of having bland chili.

Do you love chili? What are your favorite ingredients to add? (My family skips the green peppers and adds yellow and red peppers. It is more sweet and less acidic.)


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

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