OK, final version is done!
First draft: Hearts of White Rock
By Jessica Wallace
SARA PRESTON (27F) has just started a professional writing company. She’s attending a women’s networking luncheon to promote herself and try to round up some clients. She’s hesitant to go, having a history of attending women’s groups in her church growing up.
Her goals are modest: hand out two business cards and collect four. Then she can duck out. Everyone knows writers are famously antisocial. There’s no point in fighting it.
Soon after arriving at the event, it becomes clear Sara doesn’t belong. The mean age of the group is 60; the women are selling jewelry, purses and memberships to Curves; and the guest speaker is talking about heart disease. Sara cringes through a group exercise about heart health and a presentation on Sitting to Death.
Just as she’s about to write-off the entire event as a waste of time, Sara wins the door prize. She goes to collect her prize (a purse, of course) from business owner JANINE WINTERS (65F.)
Janine says her talent is picking out the right purse for the right person without knowing them. While choosing a purse for Sara, she uses metaphors to make astute observations about Sara and her view of the luncheon. Sara finds herself opening up and is rewarded with not only a personal connection but also a professional one.
Project Milestone #!: Choosing a narrative.
Thanks everyone for your feedback. I've chose my first pitch: Networking. I think it's the strongest and is a simple, straightforward narrative - probably best for my first one.
Sara attends a women’s networking lunch to promote her new writing company. Her goals are modest: four business cards collected; two handed out. Soon after arriving, though, it becomes clear Sara doesn’t belong. The mean age of the group is 60; the women are selling jewelry, purses and memberships to Curves; and the guest speaker is talking about heart disease. It takes a door prize and a beaded wallet to show Sara that connections can be made in unexpected places.
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