The Official Writing Challenge
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If I were Joe's wife, I'd be very angry at him for carrying on this prolonged conversation when I was in deep labor. And somehow the dialog doesn't ring quite people really talk like that? But I'm glad you added the redemption at the end.
I agree with Jan: there is a very strong sense of you wanting to express/vent some feelings and ideas, but the dialogue needs work. The idea of making the 'no room in the inn theme' relevent to current events is a very strong one, but trying to combine it with a viewpoint on the current event is tricky. Try re-writing the dialogue with Joe's frustrations and fears for his wife more central to what he is trying to say. Very interesting idea though. God bless.
'Palate' should be 'pallet'. I like the script. Add some dialogue about the pregnant wife to the conversation.
I enjoy reading reflections on stories that we are all familiar with. I did a background study and reflection on the story of the magi in Matthew 2, which led to a sermon. My study turned my view of the magi on its head, and consequently my view on the entire Gospel of Matthew. I will post an article from that sermon on my site with the title, "Kingdom of Fools."