Measuring A Story

How do you measure a story? Do you count the words? Do you run it through Lexile.com’s Lexile Analyzer? Do you use readability statistics?

Okay. So, I ran a sample section of Abe Table and The Legend of Burgess Clave through the Lexile Analyzer and it returned a 980L. I did the same with Catching Liza Thurman: 800L.

They were just 250 word samples (or nearly). They don’t tell a story.

Sure, it takes a certain reading level or skill to tackle them or any story. I get that. But for me, for stories about Abe Table, the measure comes from a smile.

I often do that when I’m writing a scene. In fact, I chuckle and laugh out loud sometimes. Doesn’t mean the writing is good; it just means that I enjoy it. I have had fun writing the first 5… If you are just joining the fun, they are:

1. Wicked Office

2. Hood

3. Catching Liza Thurman

4. Abe Table and The Legend of Burgess Clave

5. Abe Table and The Amazing Dream Journal

All available here.

So, when I laugh while writing (or sometimes get a bit scared or cry), then I feel like I’ve told a story that I like. I’ve never regretted that. Am I done with it just because I like it? Not a chance. Lots of work to do to make a story work well. But it is a good measure for me and for now, I’m going to stick with it.

Don’t forget to keep checking back for Abe Table and The Replacements. It is coming soon (though more slowly than I like). Check out the trailer/video if you haven’t seen it yet. That boy is ridiculous!

How do you measure a story?

 

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