Monday, September 15, 2014

In the Baking of the Bread

Marianne Evans
My family has this thing about fresh-baked, hand-made onion bread. It’s a household staple passed down from my grandma, to my mom, and now, to me. I love being the one to carry on the tradition of baking bread because, as I’ve often joked with my kids, it’s a sure-fire way to get them to pay a visit, and I turn into a genuine rock star when I give them a loaf to take home.

Besides, is there a more beautiful aroma than that of baking bread? For me, when wisps of onion-zested steam carry through the kitchen, I know I’m home—not just in a logistical sense, but in an emotional sense that stems straight from the heart.

But just like the process of creating one of those heart-tugging, engaging books that grace store shelves and e-readers everywhere, my bread doesn’t just conveniently materialize into those four delicious loaves. Making bread from scratch requires time, patience, and yes, even some physical effort. It’s a commitment.




The way I see it, creating the proposal for my book is like mixing the opening ingredients: the yeast, sugar and warm water. My goal is to activate, and coax that combination into a healthy rise…think plotline and character development. Next, I turn that story into words. That’s the elbow grease. That’s the mixing of flour, the kneading, the pushes and palm presses that stretch and form the dough into something that, given just a bit more patience and refinement, will become something cohesive...and delicious.

But we’re not done yet. There’s the rising—and the baking. In my writing world, that’s like the process of editing, proof reading, all the final details that lead to the production of a finished and worthy product. I’ve learned writing, like bread baking, is all about layers and the way each step in the road, each component of creation, is vital to the overall result.

Because after that comes the reward. Upon removal from the oven, when I see those golden brown loaves laid out on a cooling rack, my heart always quickens. Warmth and tantalizing scents fill the air; there’s a visible promise of nourishment.



Within the pages of my stories, I hope readers find moments to savor, moments that leave them feeling full and in some small way satisfied. I savor the continuity of the creative process just as much as I love that process and flavors of fresh-baked bread. Both are hard-earned but fantastic treats.

And the time spent? It’s so worth it – on a number of levels.

What’s your treat? What’s the gift you share that connects you to others? I’d love to hear about it, and pray for your mission!



Tweetables!

Baking bread & the layers of writing!

Effort equals results...in bread baking, and writing!

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Marianne’s new series, Sisters in Spirit, has released from Pelican Book Group! This prelude to the new imprint Pure Amore is available at Pelican Book Group and at book retailers nationwide! Pure Amore is a subscription service featuring Christian romances centered on the concept of mutual purity and abstinence that doesn’t surrender one moment of the thrill to be found when two people fall in love!

You can check out Aileen’s Song, Book 1 of Sisters in Spirit at: http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/sis/

And here’s more information about Pure Amore: http://pure.pelicanbookgroup.com/

Happy reading!

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Marianne Evans is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty Christian romance and fiction novels. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’ Devotion, earned the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award from Greater Detroit RWA as well the Heart of Excellence Award from Ancient City Romance Authors. She also earned wins for Best Romance of 2012 from the Christian Small Publisher's Association and the Selah award for best Novella of 2013. Happily married and the mother of two, Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan who is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President.

Connect with Marianne at: www.marianneevans.com

2 comments:

  1. I love this analogy. Quite possibly because I love freshly baked bread too:) But I agree with the steps and what we want from the end product.

    Oh! And I'm a lifelong Michigander too!

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  2. Today i did something i hate but know every year needs done.i useually do it in the spring and thats not so bad because i can already see the new growth. but every now and then you have to prune your roses down deep in the fall and wait for spring to come. i feel this way about my writing too. Some times you have to prune it deep and wait for the LORD to make it bloom. working on letting GOD prune with my spiritual life as well. i know the blooms will be magnificent if i will learn to let go.
    Thank You Marianne for always being an inspiration to me!

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