For today’s prompt I want to go in a little different direction. Instead of writing whatever comes to your mind, I want to tell you exactly what to write.
In doing so, I hope to convey a few truths.
- Even being told exactly what to write, yours will be different.
- No story is ever truly the same, not even your own from draft to draft.
- With a finite number of words, there are infinite possibilities.
The idea is to get you to write the same thing as everyone else so that you can see and fully understand that even if your story idea isn’t unique (hint: it’s not), it is different enough.
Without searching Google, running to your kitchen or calling your grandma, write out a recipe for chocolate cookies. List the ingredients and give proper baking instructions. (note: it doesn’t have to be real, or edible, but try.)
My recipe will be for chocolate no-bake cookies. One of my all-time favorites. I will admit I have made them several times before, but I am refraining from checking my grandma’s recipe card. This will be all from memory.
You will need:
- 3 cups instant oats
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
In a large sauce pan melt butter, sugar, salt and cocoa until boiling. Stir vigorously for exactly 1 minute and remove from heat. Add peanut butter and stir until melted. slowly add oats and mix until evenly coated. Add vanilla and mix well.
Spoon out cookie mix onto wax paper. Allow to cool until hard (about 30 minutes). Makes 2 – 3 dozen (depending on spoon size). Eat and enjoy!
Oh man! That was harder than I thought it would be. I know those cookies so well, too. Going from memory is hard though, and I kept wanting to add milk to the list.
Now I’m going to have to go check the recipe my grandma wrote and see how wrong I was! Hopefully you’ve done better than me!
Let me know how you fared in the comment section below.