Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 26th April 2021 – #Writing K.M. Allan, #Animals #Stories D.L. Finn, #Chutney Sowmya’s Spicy Corner

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full..thanks Sally.

The first post is from K.M. Allan and shares some strategies to keep you focused on your manuscript despite distractions.

Motivational Tricks To Keep You Working On Your Manuscript

When you set out to write a novel, you quickly learn that it takes a lot of drafts.

There’s the first draft, which is laying down the story. The second works out what the story is missing, and every draft after is refining until it becomes the finished book.

How many drafts that takes depends on you as a writer and your process. For my current work in progress, I’m on draft eight, and this draft is the third different draft I’ve worked on this year alone. That’s a lot of reading the same sentences repeatedly.

When you’re in that type of endless editing process, it’s easy to lose motivation, and I have—plenty of times. As I move through this current draft and hope there’s only one more to go, these motivational tricks are helping to keep me on track.

Find out the Motivational Tricks To Keep You Working On Your Manuscript:
K. M. Allan – #Writing

The next post is from D. L. Finn (Denise) writing on Story Empire about our connection to animals and their inclusion in our writing.

Animals and Writing

Hi SEers! Denise here to talk about animals and writing.

When I was young, I was drawn to books about animals. A few that have stayed with me are “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls, “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B White, and “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter.

As an adult, I’ve read “Call of the Wild” by Jack London, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach, and “All Creatures Great and Small” by James Herriot. I’m adding “Pet Sematary” by Stephen King as an example of what I don’t like in a story with a pet.

Do you have some favorite animal stories?

Animals are a part of our lives. Even if we don’t own pets, we will certainly run into one along the way. Birds can be outside the window or a cat cuddled on your lap, their tail twitching, watching that bird. On a walk with the dog, a deer may cross your path. While driving, you may have to slam your brakes on to avoid hitting a squirrel or raccoon. Did the wild animal get hit? What would you do if you came across that?

Head over to read the rest of the post including 7 very good reasons to add pets to your stories: Story Empire- D.L. Finn Animals and Writing

The final post today is another wonderful recipe from Sowmya’s Spicy CornerWe have got back in to the habit of having a curry lunch on Sundays and enjoy chutney and this recipe looks amazing.

Street Style Chutney

Street Style Chutney – a simple and quick to make condiment that is very popular along road side restaurants in South India. This delicious chutney has a medley of flavours – subtle zing and sharpness from the raw ginger, garlic & small onions ; tangy flavour from tamarind & tomato ; heat from red chillies and aromatic flavour from curry leaves and coriander leaves. The addition of roasted channa dhal gives volume to the chutney, complements and balances the different flavours. This street style chutney can be served as an accompaniment for Idli / Dosa / Rava dosa / Ven Pongal

This chutney is different from the regular onion / tomato chutney. The small onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic are just blended without sautéing. Hence it has the raw flavours.

Head over to find out the ingredients and method to make this authentic street chutney:Sowmyas Spicy Corner Street Chutney


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full…thanks Sally.

46 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 26th April 2021 – #Writing K.M. Allan, #Animals #Stories D.L. Finn, #Chutney Sowmya’s Spicy Corner

  1. Wow, eight drafts? I don’t think I do that many, but I also edit as I go. For all I know it could be the equivalent of sixteen.

    Great selections, Sally. I loved Denise’s article on Story Empire, and the chutney sounds delicious.

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  2. Wow! Eight drafts is mind-boggling! I edit as I go so I only end up with a single draft, but that one does get picked over with a fine toothed comb 🙂

    Loved Denise’s posts on animals. I have a soft spot for critters in stories!

    thanks for the shares, Sally!

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