Tagline: Cassie was charmed by the dog that rushed to greet her when she pulled up to John's auto body shop. And then John came out...
Observations: I have one word for this story: ADORABLE! There are a lot of things I want to point out.
1. I loved the humor and wit in this story. Here are two examples.
Making the word "dimples" its own sentence put such a delightful cuteness on it that it made me smile, too.
"I'm John. And that pile of fur is Bear, my guard dog." John laughed. "Protects my castle."
Again, John is so cute. And he makes pies! At least, I think he does because he's been trying to get LouAnn's coconut cream pie recipe for a while. Also, check out how he doesn't speak in complete sentences. That is one of the keys to writing convincing, realistic dialogue. (Another is to use contractions.)
2. Here, Cassie shows that she is just as witty as he is. Their banter shows them connecting as a couple. This is an important thing to do when writing Woman's World stories.
"Did you get me the recipe?" he asked.
"No, but I did get a swat with LouAnn's spatula."
LOL. That cracked me up.
3. I loved how she used the dog to advance John's cause.
John looked hopeful and Bear cocked his head. Cassie was charmed.
So was I.
Bear sat beside John, gazing at her with what looked like a hopeful expression.
4. There is a terrific time transition in the middle of the story. (By the way, this story has two acts, not the normal three.) Check it out:
John took her keys and Cassie set off for town, the morning sun at her back and John's gaze following her.
She returned with two carry-out boxes. "Hello?" she called standing next to her car. Bear loped over to greet her.
Bam. No wasted words transitioning from morning to afternoon.
5. For those of you who took the class, did you notice the very subtle Coincidence story element? I didn't even notice it was there until I looked for it. I was reading the story, thinking, "Hmm, there's no coincidence. How interesting. I should mention that in my observations." Then I double checked just in case, and sure enough, I found one.
I could believe Cassie wanting to pass the time at a coffee shop "up the road." I could believe that John was a regular patron of the nearby cafe. What was a little--and I mean little--hard to believe was that her aunt was the owner. But like I said, I swallowed that so easily when I read the story, that I didn't even notice this as being odd.
This was a great teaching story. Thanks so much, Ms. Dusseau.