Saturday, January 19, 2008

Story: You Never Know

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: "You Never Know" by Lela Chesson from the January 28, 2008 issue.

Tagline: Sometimes extraordinary things happen under the most ordinary circumstances...

In A Nutshell: A woman reminisces about going to the grocery store with her mother. She meets a man there who enjoys the same simple pleasures she does. Luckily, the two little girls he's shopping with are his nieces.

Teaching Points: This story has a quasi-surprise ending. I say quasi because the last scene doesn't include the hero at all, but you still see the soft Happily Ever After in the form of a date they've planned.

Woman's World Standbys: The good old grocery store setting, children who are mistaken for offspring, advice from a family member.

Best Part: The little girls' dialogue was realistic.

Discussion Question: This story follows a three act structure. What are the three acts that you see?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Act 1 Kelly reminising about she and Mom in the spermarket. Act 2 meeting Jeff and the girls. Act 3 Kelly telling Kandall she’s going to the park instead of the grocery store to meet Jeff and the girls.

Hope this is right


10:46 AM  
Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

Good work, Pat!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, I'm actually getting better at this stuff.

Thanks, Kate. You made my day.


3:33 AM  

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