A Sinner’s Soup by Cheyenne
Generally, we think we can pick up a book, read it, and then say, “I can do that ten times better!” Maybe you can. But chances are, it will not come easy. There’s the dreaded writer’s block that keeps you staring stupidly at your screen for hours waiting for the idea to just come and punch you in the face. Then there are times when your house suffers from a blackout, taking your unsaved document, and sanity, down with it. You always have to be careful. But blackouts and writer’s block are the least of your worries (surprisingly). The real challenge is what you put in the book that makes it ten times better. Now, don’t go and say, “Well, duh, that’s obvious!” because it’s not. I thought I was on top of the world when I wrote my first draft. I thought it was just as good as J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter Series”. Yep, I was blind. It wasn’t written in the book format, the dialogue made no sense, and the plot escaped in the air. Needless to say, it was horrible. Finally, five drafts, ten chewed nails, five hundred empty water bottles, and days of red eyeballs later, I finally decided that I couldn’t do this alone. So I asked for advice, something that all writers should do. I had a mom of a friend tell me, and I quote: “I took a Creative Writing class in high school. The one thing that I will always remember that my teacher said to me was that incorporating a pinch of the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride) into a story will make it masterful.” And with that said, I began my soup. I took my spoon (my pen) and my seven deadly ingredients and began mixing to the recipe. A pinch of sloth there, two cups of wrath here. But you can’t overdo one and unbalance the others. You have to know which belongs where and who should be the conductor of the sin. It all leaves traces and bread crumbs on the pages and creates the one thing that every story needs: conflict. So adorn your chef hat, pick up your ladle, drop in those deadly ingredients, and let your readers be the taste-testers.