Ever play Ping-Pong?
Are you any good at it?
If you think you are, play this fellow. He has a secret weapon. Watch his technique. It looks the same each time, but the ball can go opposite of where his opponent thinks.
Imagine doing this to your reader with that subtle twist in your story. You will have that reader clamoring for more!
Twists and turns and switchbacks;
hide them within the plot,
and do make sure the reader lacks
a clue until moment he’s not
sure of what had just occurred,
‘Wait, that’s not what I expected!’
and from there naught can be inferred,
and common sense must be rejected.
Story becomes kaleidoscope,
and character a mirrored hall,
leaving one without the hope
that end’s predictable at all
until last page and final line,
‘I should have seen that all the time!’
Susan, thank you so much.
Clever lad! 🤩
Karen, sometimes I just have too much fun.
I grew up playing ping pong and thought I was pretty good. Thanks for showing me I got nothin’. LOL. Kind of how I feel when I think my contest submission is wonderful and it doesn’t place. 🤣😂
I’m going to keep practicing…ping pong AND writing!
Deena! I’m with you! I just got a twisty baffling contest fail—2 judges were “nice try” and one was over the moon and practically gave me 100! Huh? It’s just goes to prove, doesn’t it, that not everyone is going to love our work. So let’s hold onto our optimism and trust the lord is going to get our work into the right hands someday—in his time! Bless you, Sis, and keep on truckin’!
Yes, the contest feedback is definitely subjective. On one entry I received a 93 from one judge and in the 60s from another. That’s why I cling to the only Judge Who really matters, my Lord and God! But I always take time to consider the feedback received and ask God which suggestions to throw away and which to implement. Entering contests has helped me grow exponentially as a writer, so I’ll keep entering and keep sifting through the feedback.
Bless you too, Karen! God’s got a perfect plan for each of us and our writing journey. His will be done!
Ok but he just plain spiked that one kid who kept returning them!
When I was growing up, I thought I’d be on the U.S. Table Tennis Team. I used to practice 4 hours a day, six days a week, and wore heavy boots when I did, so when I was in a tournament I would be light on my feet (a hack I picked up from the Chinese).
I was only a master in my own mind–loved the video–found myself laughing out loud.
Thank you for, “Fun Fridays”.
This was fun! Thank you. The ping-pong player reminded me of Sandy Koufax, but he’s right-handed.
Kristen Joy Wilks
That was amazing! He made it look effortless.
Impressive, but looks like his highlights reel. Wonder how many of the games he won?