Friday, August 2, 2013

Story


Hello. How are you today? It is Friday, already! Moreover, it is August 2nd!!! Can anyone believe that?
Twenty-three more days till school lessons start. Not quite ready yet. There is so much I want to do before I begin lessons (for my Masters in English literature). We have not eaten enough ice cream nor gone to the drive-in....

But, TODAY. Today, I am going to sneak five minutes to write before I go in the yard and determinedly relieve my flower beds of weeds.

LisaJo's writing prompt is STORY.

Go:

Who doesn't like a story with a happy ending?

I think that is why I prefer nineteenth century literature over twentieth.
Life in the nineteenth century was neat, orderly, square with predictable endings.
At least, that is the manner that many authors treated the stories.
Stories representing what society wanted: clean-cut answers
to difficult situations. Of course, this was not reality.

Reality was stories of black slaves receiving slashes that cut open their skin.
Irish immigrants, starving, sailing to America in hopes of finding life only to
work their fingers to the bone pounding railroad ties into the earth.
But denial, or rather perspective is a powerful tool.


The twentieth century brought two World Wars that broke any idealism.
Cynicism replaced faith, hope, and trust. The stories written largely reflect the
chaos in culture and within. Stories with unraveled endings.
Dystopias replace the warmth of the hearth.

But what is a story without hope? not one that I care to read.

Can you take a story with despair and from a hopeful perspective write a new ending?

How will you end the story of your life?

STOP.

All by Grace,
Nicol
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4 comments:

Skoots1moM said...

i'm with you...don't mind reading some stories with tough occurrences but I have to have a great ending. i'd like to write a better ending to THORNBIRDS...such a tragic story but I loved the book.

dayebydaye said...

Oh, I know what you mean- I am such a fan of the "happily ever after". But I think that we were made with this desire, because that is EXACTLY how God wants to finish all of our stories- with the exclamation point of heaven, eternity with Him. And so, we don't have to live in denial, but we can live in hope. This life is NOT all that there is!!! Thanks for your perspective today!!!

Lady Of Virtue said...

exactly!!! thank you for visiting LOV.

Lady Of Virtue said...

I remember watching the TV series a LOOONG time ago...some stories are simply terrifyingly tragic-such as The Hiding Place-but with God in it, there is always redemption to the plot.

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