A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): A is for An Affair to Remember

Here we are! First post of the April 2016 A-Z blogging (or vlogging) challenge!

Interested in signing up? You still have time, just click the ‘A’ banner above or HERE to start your month-long journey. 🙂

As I mentioned in my introduction post HERE, this is my 2nd go-around at the challenge. Last year was hectic, but fun…more fun than hectic in the end because I’m back! Ready to tackle this again!

Once again doing movie reviews — I explain the ‘why again’ right HERE, really — and TL;DR but I’m going to break down the plot using Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method. Don’t know what the W stands for? Check out Ms. Moore’s video explanation here.

Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.


I’ve chosen to kick Day One off with An Affair to Remember.

So let’s chop this down then:

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Triggering event: Terry & Nic’s meet cute

Setting up the problem: they are both taken and there are gossips on the ocean liner that hinder them from connecting openly…or otherwise

Turning point #1: visiting Nic’s grandmother, Janou in Villefrenche — shows a side of Nic to Terry that cracks the playboy’s facade

Recovering from the problem: praying in the chapel together, learning Nic paints super well, and that he’s kinda flaky when it comes to most of his responsibilities; Nic surprises Janou with a painting

Mid-point: they kiss and give into their passion, admitting their feelings are mutual

Deepening of the problem: (the weather matches the tumultuous feelings before they break for the clear skies and they admit their feelings) they realize that their affair has to come to an end once the oceanliner

Turning point #2: seeing each other’s love competition… Terry breaks up with long-time boyfriend, Ken and Nic pushes back his marriage to Lois Clarke for the 6-month promise

Resolving the problem: Terry goes back to singing — and Nic sets off to make his first passion, painting, as a job…making his first dollar; Terry gets into an accident while heading to make her meeting with Nic; she might not be able to walk again; Nic, believing himself to be jilted, heads back to Villefrenche to retrieve the shawl from his late grandmother, Janou

Climax: they bump into each other months later after each is heartbroken thinking the other abandoned them (it’s Christmas)

Resolution: Terry gets a fulfilling job helping the church and community with singing and music lessons for children, and Nic is debuting as an artist in a gallery managed by his friend and his agent — a Christmas reunion brings Terry and Nic together with Nic’s discovery and acceptance of Terry’s physical disability, and Terry’s learning of Nic’s professional success

7 thoughts on “A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): A is for An Affair to Remember

  1. This is a great topic. I remember both of these characters and the movie. You did a nice job. I like a happy ending.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Will be back to see what other movies you talk about.


  2. Very interesting with the W structure – I had not seen that one before. I’m toying with the idea of going HAM as my son would say into the Story Grid method with is the W method on pro baseball-level steroids. They both recommend deconstructing favorite books or movies to see how they are structured and basically reverse engineer the plots. Part of me is intimidated by Story Grid’s level of detail; part of me is all tingly about the level of detail. My first introduction to this sort of stuff was Joseph Campbell and Christopher Vogler. Makes all the sense in the world once you see behind the curtain.


    1. Well, I’ve never heard of the Story Grid method but it definitely looks more intense than the W plotting style.

      That level of detail isn’t for me though. I’m a pantser by nature, but I’m realizing the benefits of plotting/outlining before hand. I’ve even avoided the hero’s journey. But who knows, I might give them a go in the future. I’m not going to say ‘never’.


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