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.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see you are feeling better, Kate.

I also loved both setups in this story. Very unique

Pat

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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