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.
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.