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Wednesday, September 28th 2011

2:36 AM

Good Story Telling

Have you read any spellbinders lately?  Yesterday, I finally picked up a loaner from a friend that had been sitting on a pile of books for several months.  You know how things get pushed aside when you’ve got other things more pressing to do?  I finished it tonight; couldn’t put it down, really.  Yes, it was that good.

In this month’s Christian Communicator, Drew Neuenschwander interviews Christy Award winner Steven James to find out the basic ingredients of a good story.  “James defines a story as having ‘a character who wants something but can’t get it.  A good story doesn’t make promises without keeping them.  That is, evil people don’t make empty threats.’”   (September 2011, p. 6)

That just happened!  The main character’s husband told her she had gone too far in disappointing him, and he kicked her out!!  And that’s the end of this book.  No warning.  No hints.  The End.  Here’s the email I just sent to my friend:

Subject:  URGENT!!

DeeAnn,

I’m in crisis!!  I just came to the end of the last chapter of the Yada Yada book, and she’s leaving me hanging!!!!!  How could she do that?!

I finally picked the book up, read it in two days, and she leaves me hanging?  Oh the crime of it all.  The crisis.  The horror of all horrors!

Ugh.  I’m spent.  I’m going to bed.  The drama of it all.  Ugh.

Sally

P.S.  Do you have the sequel?  I would drive to California, if I could get my hands on it.

Luv u!

I guess I should mention that it is 2 am.  I will still be chewing on the story and twiddling my thumbs in bed for a long time, because I CAN’T sleep when something’s brewing on my mind.  I will have to wait until morning to CALL DeeAnn and see if she has the next book.  Oh my.

Have you read any cliffhangers recently?

Sally

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