Five essential elements are necessary to get readers emotionally involved.
Situation: The problem that gives the story purpose at the beginning.
Character: A hero whose desire matters most.
Objective: The passion that our character is desperate to satisfy.
Obstacle: The conditions that put the goal’s fulfillment in doubt.
Plight: What the character risks in the pursuit of what he or she wants.
When I began writing twenty years ago, one of my favorite tasks was telling captivating stories about the life of Christ. At first, I struggled to imagine what had really happened. The Bible gave only a few details, leaving me to imagine what an eyewitness’s emotional journey would have been like. I wasn’t doing well...
“You need to be baptized,” the preacher said. Janice wasn’t so sure. What was the big deal about being dunked in water? If she took a shower in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, she might come out just as clean. And then she could use soap. Supposedly, baptism was an outward...
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