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Writers Conference, Day 4

Dawn V. Cahill, Hot Topic Fiction ~ Stories of Victorious Faith for Modern Women.

And there you have it: my brand. And what is a brand? you ask.

questions+and+answers

I’ll tell you: it’s the feeling you get when reading an author’s books.

In today’s class, we analyzed our favorite movies to discover a common thread. Tell me, can you discern what these three quite disparate movies have in common?

  • Toy Story
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Blazing Saddles

I love Toy Story because the victims triumphed over the bully at the end. I’ll never forget my reaction when Sid freaked out when Woody told him to “Be Nice!”. I jumped up and down and screamed, “YES!!”, pumping my fists in the air. Pure victory. And the moment has never lost its power.

Gone with the Wind has always moved my heart, mainly because of how the soundtrack weaves a mood throughout the movie.

And Blazing Saddles is pure silliness done masterfully.

How are you doing so far? Figured out the common theme?

If it’s any consolation, I had to have help to figure it out. Toy Story’s theme is obvious, which I stated above. And even though it’s sad Scarlett lost the man she loved, deep down we know she deserved it because she’s a bully. And Sheriff Bart rises above the racist abuse, then shoots Hedley Lamar dead.

The coach helped me see the common theme: the bully gets his. And Voila, I got my brand. I want my readers to pump their fist in the air and say, “Yes!” when Howard woos the girl away from the bully. And when Linzee’s kidnapper is discovered and exposed. And when Livy confronts… well, I better stop here, before I give away my story!

~DVC~ Stories of Victorious Faith for Modern Women