What makes a good story? For me, there are a few elements that are critical.
Elements such as adventure, suspense, horror… Humor, romance, intrigue… Darkness, light and love.
Nothing makes me happier than to come across a story that takes all of my desired elements, tosses in a little Gothic noir, gives it a little shake and then lets the goodness pour out.
Thou, I must admit, when it comes to reading? Seems like that delight of discovery has been happening a little less of late.
Often at times, I find myself scanning over link after link of books on Amazon, reading the book description and leaving the site without nary a purchase. All because I am just so bored with the commonplace, the normal, the average literary fare.
I want a story, and a unique one. I’m so tired of reading stories that can be easily interchanged with another, by simply swapping character names. The current themes found in popular literature are exhausted: dystopian, new young adult, mom porn, witches and zombies—oh my!
When was the last time you read something, something new, something different…That grabbed you by the throat and didn’t let go?
When was the last time you read something that changed the way you experienced what you read…A story that stuck with you long after you read it?
If your answer, much like mine, is: “Far too long.”
Well, maybe I can help you out with that…
Penny Willan and the Well, excerpt:
No one really knows,
how the true story goes,
or where the curse had started.
But the curse is one,
forever darkening the sun,
damning the dearly departed.
Thy know no rest,
for the best,
are taken as payment for wishes,
from a magic so dark,
it fills one’s heart,
and the very soul it bewitches.
‘Tis by the old church,
that something there lurks,
deep in the wishing-well.
There something hides,
on its insides,
ready to damn you to Hell.
So drop in your penny,
whenever you’re ready,
and wish for all you could dream.
Wishes come with a price,
so please, think twice,
Envy will tear you apart till you scream.