• Peter McCredie

The Story Behind Calaf and the Princess


Time to catch up with "K" who's in social media so I left a message suggesting coffee.

K replied, "Sorry I missed your call. I've been travelling and just landed in Greece."

I replied, "Hi K, enjoy Greece and let me know when you're back. Send me a photo if you would?"

Next day I had a photo of an old grey stone castle with commanding round towers topped with battlements.

The least I could do was write about the castle.

I love the Opera Turandot, about the Princess who has men visiting her castle proposing marriage.

She is cold towards them and asks three riddles.

Any wrong answer to a riddle means execution.

This Opera has the signature song of the late Luciano Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma.

Comparing the song to the Opera's storyline reveals it's not an identical match, so I wrote a different story exactly matching Nessun Dorma.

Play Nessun Dorma:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs-p1oEvuGg

Doing a story for another writer is all about technique.

I had a few new writing techniques to try.

I left the reader hanging at the end, as you might when writing a series.

Off went the story and I waited for the technical critique.

The response was, "Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story with me, I loved it! I want to know what happens at the end now!"

So K engaged with the story, got caught up in it and clicked the link to play Nessun Dorma.

Asking a very experienced writer about the reaction not being what I expected, she said the response tells us everything we need to know about the writing technique.

I watch movies to study the writing and engage in the emotional content instead.

Storytelling can stop writers in their tracks!

It's powerful communication.


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