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March 27, 2018

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Deborah

Dear Lynn,

I hope you're having a good time in Central America!

I'd like to comment on Biesenbach's good questions to “bullet-proof” your story’s structure:

"2. Is there sufficient conflict? When everything goes well or as planned, there’s no drama to hold the audience’s attention."

This made me think of a lot of movies and TV Series where, in my opinion, they have absolutely exceeded the amount of conflict and unnecessary drama to hold the audience's attention, to the point that the story becomes ridiculous and far-fetched and loses credibility.

I'm just saying, don't overdo this thing!

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Deborah, I agree. Your comment made me think of the TV series "How to Get Away With Murder," with a compelling, disastrous twist every few minutes.

Thanks for commenting!

Lynn

Rob Biesenbach

Deborah, your comment made me think about Walking Dead. Talk about dragging a plot line out with endless, needless obstacles!

Lynn, I hope you're enjoying your travels! Thank you for your thoughtful comments about the book.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi Rob,

You are very welcome. Thanks for creating such a useful, well-written guide.

Guatemala is wonderful--a surprise around every corner.

Lynn

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