Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Story: Special Plans

What follows is an analysis of a Woman's World story with suggestions/observations for people who want to sell stories to WW, peppered with some personal opinion, too. :) If you truly want to learn, it's best to have a copy of the story in front of you. (And no, I don't get a kickback for pimping the magazine here!)

Story: "Special Plans" by Jocelyn Dupree from the December 24, 2007 issue.

Tagline: Anna had some good news to report--news her kids would be happy to hear...

In A Nutshell: Anna split with her husband eighteen months ago. Since then she's been dealing with her three kids and a new job at the newspaper. A colleague is interested in her, but it turns out that she and her husband have decided to give it another go.

Teaching Points: This story leads you to believe that the colleague is the love interest, but--surprise!--Anna is getting back together with her estranged hubby. This story goes to show you that you shouldn't be afraid to try something different. I rarely see a bait and switch story like this.

In My Humble Opinion: This is a minor thing, but I got the two kids, Jeff and Jack, mixed up. Both names start with J and are four letters long.



Blogger L.K. Campbell said...

That is different from the usual romance formula where the new colleague would be the love interest.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

It sure is!

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going crazy trying to find this story. I read it but was really sick of the holidays. I ripped the page out and now I can't find it. I guess I need to clean my desk off now that I'm feeling better.

12:54 PM  

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