|Flying the Blast from Your Past flag!|
Her day began with a spectacular sunrise off the bow of her silver yacht. Soft, instrumental Celtic tunes caressed the sun’s rays, as a Jonathan Livingston Seagull soared over the bow’s colorful flag.
Ah, she thought, we arrived in port overnight. But wait … she spotted a familiar row of quaint shops along the shore … we were here yesterday! What nautical nodus have we encountered?
More curious than agitated, she walked briskly to the bridge for an explanation …
nodus (nōʹdɘs) n. – complication, difficulty, knotty situation, as in a play. [WW #50]
Or in NCIS: L.A.-speak, it’s a “zoinks” moment! We’ve all had them … days when everything is going smoothly, then … wham! We’re hit with a nodus!
In writer-speak, it’s your story’s conflict moment. Done well, your character won’t know what hit her … until it’s too late.
Of course, the rest of the story excites your readers as you confound them with a maze of pseudo solutions to resolve her life-altering conflict, right down to the Happy Ending … or not.
Sound familiar? Life … is it not a continuous nodus?
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