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The Magic of Story-Telling p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give some samples from old books. Many of these have been more or less forgotten, but they still have a lot of juice left in them. In some cases, they’re better than anything that’s come out recently.  This issue features The Magic of Story-Telling, which was a 1971 book by Clifford Warne. […]

The Magic of Story-Telling p2

The three types of story. Accomplishment, decision and theme… The third type is the theme story: a person struggles to realize a truth of vital importance to his living. King Midas wishes that everything he touches would turn to gold. He gets his wish. Then he kisses his little daughter and takes a mouthful of […]

The Magic of Story-Telling p3

Conflict creates suspense… Mr Warne writes: It’s strange but true that audiences enjoy themselves when they worry. They worry whether the main character will solve his problem or not. This state of worry which holds their attention is called suspense. The sooner you create suspense in a story, the better. Once you create it, hold […]

The Magic of Story-Telling p4

Complications and the climax… More complications create more suspense in Caiaphas’s story. Caiaphas takes Jesus to King Herod. Jesus refuses to answer questions. And Herod can’t find any reason to impose the death penalty. Then Herod learns that Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, which is Pilate’s jurisdiction. So, Caiaphas and his men march […]

Short story writing p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to sample from a few interesting oldish books. Most of them are out of print and some are even forgotten. This issue features Write from the Beginning, a book on how to write short stories, by Eileen Molver, Marie Thorpe, and Janet Nicholson. (Published 1990, for The Writing School, Victoria.) It’s well worth […]

Short story writing p2

Write from the Beginning, a how-to book on writing short stories, talks about theme… The authors of Write from the Beginning say that theme can be sometimes be encapsulated in a proverb or well known adage: Every short story must have a theme, an emotion you wish to present to the reader, a definite comment […]

Short story writing p3

The authors of Write from the Beginning list the essentials of a good ending… The authors wrote that before your story can reach a satisfactory resolution, you must first establish the problem. They give a couple of examples including this one: A young, newly married couple are having marital problems because the wife resents her […]

Maurie Fields, Leave ’em Laughing p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give some samples from out of print or rare books. This issue features Leave ‘Em Laughing which was a 1995 collection of hundreds of Maurie Fields’ best jokes from Australasian Post magazine. Maurie Fields (1926-1995) was a vaudeville performer, stand-up comedian and tv actor in Australia. Australasian Post was a long running […]

Maurie Fields p2

Some more shorter samples from Leave ’em Laughing, a collection of gags from Maurie Fields, from the pages of Australasian Post, which ceased publication in 2002 … THE FAMILY counsellor was doing his best to save the marriage. “Tell me,” he said to the husband, “when did you first notice you and your wife were […]

Maurie Fields p3

Some more samples from Leave ’em Laughing, a 1995 collection of jokes gathered by Maurie Fields, an Australian vaudeville performer and actor.  AND the Lord spoke unto Moses, and said: “Moses, I have good news and I have bad news. For too long have my people suffered in the land of Egypt, and I have […]