Monday, February 11, 2008

Story: Purrfect Match

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: "Purrfect Match" by Lisa Weaver from the February 4, 2008 issue.

Tagline: Kylie knew that Gypsy was the cat for Trent; and Trent knew that Kylie was the woman for him.

In A Nutshell: A reporter visits an animal shelter while doing research for an article. A volunteer there is a girl he grew up with. She convinces him that fostering a cat would be a great experience to write about. When the cat doesn't take to his new home, he calls his friend for help and they catch up where they left off.

Teaching Points: This story takes matchmaking to a different level. In this story, the matchmaker sets up the guy and a cat! LMAO. So, if you need a story idea and took my online class and have that list of plotlines, look that over and see if you can tweak any of them in a unique way.

Woman's World Standbys: Pets! WW publishes a lot of stories with animals in them.

In My Humble Opinion: I object to the phrase "cat parenting," believing that parenting is something one does in regard to children, no matter how much you might love your pet.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see you are feeling better, Kate.

I also loved both setups in this story. Very unique


10:39 PM  
Blogger Lucie Simone said...

Glad you're feeling better, Kate! But I have to respectfully object to your objection to the term "cat parenting." I'm the proud parent of two beautiful cats - and they are indeed my children. I concede that it is a far easier parenting job than that of raising children, but no less important for us pet parents! :)

1:32 PM  

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