The Common Challenges in Writing a Fiction Book about Food
Food is always somebody’s favorite, but stories are also everyone’s favorite. Can you imagine how amazing it would be if these two would fuse? Introducing food fiction, where books that contain well-written tales that center on or associated with food. There are many food fiction books in literature, some of them already made it to the shelves of the readers while others are still sitting in the bookstores.
Works of food fiction has always excites people. The wide arrays of cuisines, dishes, and terminologies have brought something new to the literary realm. Many aspire to create such works without truly considering the bumps on the road. So, if you are about to write a book about food fiction; listed below are some of the challenges in the writing process.
Highlighting amazing dishes while crafting a good story
The writing task alone is already a tedious job. There are a lot of elements that need to get along in order to create an impeccable whole. Featuring mouth-watering food from different parts of the world may add up to the challenge. There will be a great division to your attention, because you will need to ensure that your story has complete aspects — from plot to literary devices, and also make sure that the dishes also get their share of the spotlight. A good example of a total packaged story, which contains a wonderful tale and showcase delectable dishes, is the book Remembrance of Meals Past by Anita Legsdin. The author featured multiple stories that also highlighted different tales that made food represent something important. And that, my friend, is how it should be done.
Getting the facts straight
You probably are wondering why you need to straighten the facts when it is fictional. Your readers are clever. They can sense who, what, and where you based that particular dish from. One click from the internet, and they can always see the truth. Take for example, you are showcasing the Italian dish called pizzocheri alla Valtellinese but you indicated in the book that it came from Thailand. Your Italian readers will probably feel disappointed leading them to dislike your book. Hence, always do your research because even if the story is fiction — the food that you are featuring is not, unless you invent your own dish. Make sure that every little detail about the cuisine and dish incorporated in the tale is correct. This also applies to the other ingredients in your story that needs fact-checking.
Building characters that are into food
Among the most significant aspects of a story is the set of characters. They are basically the ones that propel the tale. Without them, the book wouldn’t reach its ending; solve its conflict; and a whole lot more. Since the genre is food fiction, you should never forget to instill the love for food or passion for cooking into a character or two. It should be given importance and emphasized so that the story wouldn’t lose its magic and stray away from its genre. Because the characters are always seen in almost every chapter, one of them being crazy and in love about cooking, eating, and everything that centers on food will make readers remember the genre, get the theme, crave for the featured dishes, and want to turn more pages.
Putting a savory beginning and sweet ending
This is one of the often overlooked parts of writing a book: consistency. When you worked so hard for your story to have strong introduction, that exact amount of effort must be also seen in the ending. Hence, when you start with a bang, you must also end with a bang. Do not leave your readers hanging, especially if it is not a trilogy or a series, by ending in a cliffhanger or an unresolved conflict. Also, do not settle in writing a mediocre ending. Make sure that your story has the right amount of consistency that it can give justice to your idea and efforts, as well as it can provide the readers the satisfaction and wonder that they expected.
Making readers see that it is not a cook book
Food fiction novels are frequently confused or taken as a cook book. As an author, you must make sure that readers will recognize that your book contains an amazing fictional story that has all the necessary literary elements. That said, make sure to craft each aspect of the plot, develop every character, show the love for food, and incorporate mouth-watering dishes in your story — instead of putting a whole lot of recipes and a little amount of tale in your book. Write it with all your heart so that it will outshine others and touch multiple lives.