Friday, June 3, 2011

A Long Way Gone

What am I reading giving away now? A Long Way Gone (Ishmael Beah)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far what's the blurb? He was no longer a child by age thirteen. Forced into an army and war to prolong his own survival. This story is told plainly, no need to embellish the atrocities of war. This story is told to soften our hearts to those who suffer in so many places in our world. This story is told by a survivor with a heart strong enough to remember and kind enough to turn away from the violence and seek to forgive himself.
Genre: Adult Non-fiction

Writing Tip: Elevator Speech
In Larry Brook's class on the 6 Core Competencies at StoryMakers conference in May, he asked us to write an elevator speech for our current stories. Since Deanna and I were going to pitch Wish Thief to Sara Crowe, I though it would be a good idea to use that one for this exercise. He asked us to include the main character's problem, what goal/journey they have to accomplish, and work in the theme. Here are some attempts:

WISH THIEF
Lexi's sister Tifani steals her wishes, and she has to get them back to be in control of her own happiness.

NEWBIE
Sophie was a successful real estate agent until the economy crashed, and she had to take a job teaching school. She wants her old job and her old life back--or does she really?

DAMNATION
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is going to heaven, if she can get amnesty from hell in the next 20 days.


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3 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

Oooo ... he was at Deseret Book doing a signing last December. Very impressive young man.

Angie said...

Wow. That looks like an intense book! I love your elevator pitches.

Matthew Tandy said...

Success! I can post now!

Good job on the elevator pitches.

One suggestion:
"does she really" is slightly hokey because of the "really". Try removing that word or rewriting the sentence. A loose example would be "She wanted her old job and life back-- but does she still want them now?" Something like that. I could be way off, but the "really" part at the end of the pitch somehow tickles a nerve in the back of my brain I can't explain. Take it as the rants of a crazy man.;-)