I love to cook and I don’t mind following a recipe, but I’m always asking myself ‘what can I do to make it better?’
I had planned to use ground turkey for last night’s supper. I usually make turkey burgers with it but wanted to stretch out and try something new. As a side note, let me say they are not meant to be a substitute for hamburgers. Turkey is not beef. It’s a whole different animal. If you think of it as a separate dish to add to your menu, you might find you actually like it.
Anyway, after a search on Pinterest, I found a recipe for cheeseburger pie that looked interesting. Besides the turkey, it called for onions, cheese, and some of that instant biscuit mix that has never owned space in my pantry. (No offense to those who use it.) Hmm, sounds kind of bland, doesn’t it? What can I do to make it better?
First off, salt, pepper, and garlic are standards for most of my savory dishes. Chili powder and cumin would probably be good. Chipolte, maybe? Nah, too spicy. I had some banana peppers a friend blessed me with, and tomato sauce would certainly help. Hmm, what else? A chopped slice of bacon would add flavor but not too much fat when sprinkled into the whole dish.
I do the same for my writing. I want it to be well seasoned but not too spicy. And even when I think it is at its best, I never stop asking ‘What can I do to make it better?’
Even with eleven books under my belt, I’m still reading articles, taking online classes, and studying books on the craft of writing. What I do is a representation of God, and I want it to be at its very best.
So now I ask you, what can I do to make it better? If you are familiar with my writing and you have advice for me that you think would be an improvement on what I am doing, lay it on me. I won’t get offended and I promise to prayfully consider your suggestions. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the comments below, tell me in general what you’d like to see more of in Christian romance. One commenter will win a paperback copy of Irresistibly Yours.
Vivian Emerson has decided to stick with the single life from now on. An already ruined marriage ended with her husband’s embarrassing death, leaving her wanting nothing more than to put it all behind her and start over in a new place.
Bo Manning hasn’t even considered remarriage after the death of his wife, until Vivian arrives sparking his interest with only one tear-filled look. Despite Vivian’s resolve, Bo sets out to patiently woo her.