Sunday, July 14, 2013

Story Writing Is Like Making Homemade Ice Cream - July Theme by Tamera Wissinger

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:


Start with a few basic                           Start with a basic story idea.
The ice cream begins as                       The story writing begins fluidly.
a liquid.                                              
The crank turns easily                          The story comes easily at first.
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!


  1. Nice analogy...but where does the chocolate come in? I find it is necessary in both instances.:>)

    1. Thanks, Darlene. That's the great part about ice cream and story making - you can add any flavor you like! (And I do like chocolate, too.)

  2. I love this, Tamera! I'm never going to look at a bowl of ice cream again without thinking of a WIP...

    1. Thanks, Holly. I wish you only good WIP thoughts when you look at that ice cream!

  3. Love this, Tamera! Also, I need homemade ice cream now.