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1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® carrot cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
3 rolls Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® punch berry chewy fruit snack (from 5-oz box)
3 green-colored sour candies, separated into strips
1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin
cups. Bake and cool cupcakes as directed on package for 24 cupcakes.
Meanwhile, cut fruit snack into triangles. Roll up fruit snack to make a
carrot shape. Repeat with remaining fruit snacks to make about 30 carrots. Cut
green sour candies in half crosswise; cut each half into quarters lengthwise to
make thin strips of green candy. Press thin green strips into large end of
carrot to make greens on carrot. Repeat with remaining candy.
Spread frosting over cupcakes. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Randomly place
carrot shapes on tops of cupcakes or press them into cupcakes to make them look
like they are planted.
Exchanges:1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0
Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat
Meat; 2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:2*Percent
Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
One of the things I get asked about the most is how I come up with a good story idea. The key is understanding the simple basics about story. Every story, no matter what genre and no matter what types of characters populate the story, is about people, their problems and how
they overcome them…or why they don't. Without a problem, without conflict, there is no story. The problem provides the character motivation and actions. The problem is whatever stands in the way of what the character wants. Often it is an antagonist that stands in their way because they want the same thing. This causes conflict, the "what happens" or the "events" of a story. The problem must be large enough, the what's in the way of them getting what they want or need, to sustain an entire story. The longer the story, the bigger the
For a novel length story, you add more characters, each with their own baggage and problems, needs and wants, affiliations and enemies. The longer the novel, the more complicated the plots twists, the more devious the character actions and interactions.
So where do you begin? Choose a character. Decide what they want or need and what they're willing to do to get it. Then, put obstacles in their way. A romance author pits the hero and
heroine against each other. Since all romance must end happily ever after, the writer makes the couple come together in order to overcome a more formidable and evil antagonist. Other genres may put good guys and bad guys against each other. But in a quick outline format, you can get the bones of the story together rather painlessly.
Once I get a bare bones skeletal structure in place, often by just free-writing about an imaginary or envisioned character, I like to begin fleshing my story out by brainstorming with my critique buddies. These oral conversations can move from what a character is like to how they perform under pressure. It often includes ideas on how to fix gaps in the story, such as how a character manages to figure something out or how they overcome a particular problem the author has just invented for them. But wherever our mind melds lead, we always remember that no character is all bad, and no character is all good. This adds a lot of delightful fuel for subplots and more complicated plot twists.
Perhaps unique to our gang of gals, is how we solve a writer's block about what a character should or would do in a particular situation. Often I do a "tarot reading" for the character and
discuss how the cards reveal obstacles, unlikely help in the way of a new character, or the psychological baggage the character must overcome. Interesting characters must be changed somehow by the end of the book. Even if they don't get what they want, they may discover that it's not what they truly needed, or wanted, all along. Sounds like real people, doesn't it? Exactly! Good stories are those that real people can relate to, so the characters must be "real" too.
Happy brainstorming! I hope I have helped writers think about creating solid and interesting plots, and helped readers understand why they love particular characters. Thanks for stopping by and reading this. Don't forget to leave a comment to get a chance to win a copy of Illuminati: the Book of Life, or one of Nancy Gideon's PR and Social Media For Writers guides.
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Anxiously awaited with both excitement and nervous tension, the book has been launched. It appears in all its shiny new cover glory on every known ebook site. The pages are filled with brief descriptions, links to author sites and social media networks.
Now comes the nail-biting, the anxious breath-holding until the first reviews appear. As a sane and logical person, you realize that each reader is an individual and as such they are all entitled to their own opinions. Odds are some won't be as favorable as others. As an author, some of the most difficult work is social networking and turning the other cheek. The high road is the ONLY road an author should take.
Case in point? A certain young lady, who probably goes by a new name if she is planning to sell anything in print again, blasted a very nice, and very correct reviewer who had watered down his criticism and even found nice things to say about the lady's work. She used the "f" word more times than I can recall, and when a ton of blog followers wrote back in defense of the reviewer, she fought with them as well. Are you recalling this #gone viral event? By the time someone advised her to just shut up and she took their advice, several publishers had passed her name around as a banned author.
That was an extreme incident, but the author did far more damage than the reviewer ever would have. Negative comments should either be ignored, or if the occasion warrants a polite thank you for taking the time to read my work and offer your suggestions type comment--which doesn't require you to agree or disagree with the reviewer. They will then be more likely to give your next book a chance, and perhaps even a more favorable review. A negative reader is still a reader, and that is what all authors are after. And, as this is America, every individual has the right to voice their opinion. This is the pep talk all authors should give themselves before their launch date. They should also surround themselves with supportive friends and family who think anything they write is golden--just in case!
Here's to a five-star review for one and all!
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