Have you ever made homemade ice cream? It’s something that my family used to do when I was young, with one of those wooden hand-crank ice cream makers. It’s fun, but it’s also quite a bit of work and it can be messy.
As I was thinking of Smack Dab in the Middle’s July Ice Cream theme, it occurred to me that writing a story is a lot like making homemade ice cream:
ICE CREAM MAKING STORY WRITING
Start with a few basic Start with a basic story idea.
The ice cream begins as The story writing begins fluidly.
The crank turns easily The story comes easily at first.
As you work the ice cream, As you work the story, it
it begins to take shape. begins to take shape.
The closer to done, the harder The closer to done, the
it is to turn the handle. harder edits become.
For the most difficult parts, For the most difficult parts,
sometimes the ice cream sometimes the writer needs help.
maker needs help.
It can get messy. It can get messy.
It can seem to take forever for It can seem to take forever
the ice cream to be ready to eat. for the story to be ready to read.
If you stick with it, you’re If you stick with it, you’re
reward will be something reward will be something
delicious and sweet to delightful and sweet to
share with others. share with others.
Whether cranking out homemade ice cream or cranking out a story – enjoy the work! Your results will be worth the effort!