A great way to add interest and appeal to your writing it to include stories and legends. On October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire was started in Mrs. Leary’s barn. Most of us have heard the legend (and many have sung the camp song*) about the cow that kicked over the lantern and started the fire. What images come to your mind when you hear this reference?
Eventually Mrs. Leary and her cow were cleared of all charges (in 1997). However, I for one will always associate this cow with that fire.
Do you have a story or legend you can include in your writing that brings this vivid an image to the mind of your reader? Add enough details to engage your reader’s imagination. Then stop so she creates images in her mind that make the story hers.
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*Lyrics to camp song:
Late last night when we were all in bed,
Old lady Leary left a lantern in the shed;
And when the cow kicked it, over she winked her eye and said,
“There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight.”
Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire!