Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Question That Gets Us All: What Do You Want To Eat?

I watch a lot of relationship videos as research for writing. Sometimes the research helps with what not to do. Most of the time, I gain insight into how to handle my personal relationships. 

Well this week, I learned a great solution to the “What do you want to eat?" conundrum. Eventually, one of my characters will use this to connect at a pivotal moment in the story. In the meantime, I'm sharing it with you.

The best way to figure out what a person wants for lunch, dinner, dessert, or potluck is to ask them to guess what you’re making. So instead of saying what do you want, have them predict what you believe they'd like.

This will help you know what they want, expresses that you want to do something special for them, and practically eliminates the conversations where suggestions are made and then immediately rejected.

So here’s how the conversation would go:

Person one: You have three guesses. What do you think I’m making for (insert the name of the meal)? 

The other person/people: Give(s) an answer. 

You now have three options of what to make, knowing what the other person would like. 

This also works for restaurant ideas if you’re going out to eat. 

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In this month's story, my research focused on rebuilding bonds after a hasty response tears them to pieces? The answer to this question required help from all the friends and family in the Paradise Hills community.

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Faith Alexander ran away to Paradise Hills to hide from her past. Back home she has a mother that wants to run her life and the ruins of a marriage that never happened.

An unexpected job offer gives Faith the chance to start a life where she can live life by her own rules.

A week before they were supposed to get married, Clark Grayson called off his wedding to Faith. By the time he figured out he made a mistake, it was too late to right the wrong.

She was gone.

Clark and Faith are brought back together, unaware of the other's role, as bridesmaid and groomsman for a friend's wedding. 

Sparks fly and love will be tested. Paradise Hills is waiting with bated breath for the answer to one question. What will it take for Clark to regain Faith's trust?

Paradise Hills Summer is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. Download a copy and escape into a feel-good summer love story.

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Merri Maywether lives with her husband in rural Montana. You can find her in the town's only coffee house listening to three generations of Montanans share their stories. Otherwise, she's in the classroom or the school library, inspiring the next generation's writers. 

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