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From Scratch to Genius: Crafting Inspired Books with the Perfect Recipe

April 28, 20232 min read

I love a good recipe just like I love a good book; they both make my mouth water.

                                                                                                              ~Jasma Starks


Writing a book is like cooking a delicious meal. Just as a great meal has certain key ingredients, so does a great book. What's your favorite meal and what book would you enjoy while eating it?

Personally, salmon, potatoes, with broccoli would be my choice. With ice-cold sweet tea!


8 Reasons

Here's an analogy to illustrate what ingredients you need to produce a great book:


  • An idea - this is your main ingredient, the foundation of your book. You need to have a clear idea of what you want to write about.

  • A dash of inspiration - every great book needs a little inspiration to bring it to life. Whether it's a personal experience, a thought-provoking conversation, or a dream that inspired your idea, add in a dash of inspiration to stimulate the creativity needed to craft the story.

  • Planning - a writer also needs a plan or outline of their story, one that moves the story forward.

  • Research - like cooking, writing a great book requires research. Research supports the narrative and provides valuable insights that enhance every aspect of the book.

  • Writing Tools - Add your choice of writing tools, PC, Mac, or Pen and paper, to find what works best for your creative process.

  • Passion- A book written with passion, dedication, determination and love will ignite the flame of creativity.

  • Finishing touches- Let’s just say, finishing with a cherry on top or the icing on the cake. Never forget to pray for guidance. God is the author of all things. He has some of the best ideas.


1.    Preheat the oven - Prime your mind, get set mentally, and create a stimulating writing environment to help bring out the best of you and your writing.

2.    Mix the ingredients: Combine all the above ingredients in a bowl or document file, weaving together each element to create a compelling story.

3.    Add seasoning: Seasoning adds flavor to the dish but, in writing, it means editing, refining and revising. Your book's seasoning requires hard work, dedication and a willingness to refine your product until it's the best it can be.

4.    Let it bake - Baking is the equivalent of writing, taking the time to craft and edit the book, allowing it to rest and refine it, adding and subtracting until you've got exactly the book you intended to create.

5.    Serve it up - Publishing or releasing your book to the world with the intention of sharing your vision, ideas, passions and experiences with others.


Just like a great meal, a great book requires thought, planning and attention to detail. With the right ingredients and techniques, anyone can cook a wonderful meal, and with the right ingredients and mastery of writing skills, anyone can write a great book.

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