Broken Wings...A Vault of Memories Unleashed

Lenora Yancey lenora.yancey@yahoo.com 3655072907418

MEMOIR RELIGIOUS DRAMA FAMILY YOUNG ADULT

1980s & '90s,1960s & '70s

Lenora A. Yancey

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Logline

This Novella is a series of snapshots about my life from the early years, growing up in a middle-class family. The snapshots depict how I lived my life; being defiant and reckless. How I hurt the people I loved and how I was hurt as well. Sex, drugs, abuse and pain. #mylife #mystory

Genre

Memoir,Religious,Drama,Family,Young Adult

Short Summary

The testimonies (snapshots) written are about being free from what had me bound for forty-one (41) years and how every part shaped me, almost destroyed me and would eventually save me. These snapshots reflect how I lived my life on my terms, and how I survived it all to share with you at this time.


It was in that moment with my eyes tightly closed, I heard the voice of Jesus saying; “I have been waiting for you to call on me. I have been watching you all this time. You already know everything about all the men and situations you have been in.

Setting

Baltimore City and County, Maryland

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse,Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: No name

Age: 6yrs old - 50 yrs old

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Desperate,Heartthrob,Insecure,Naive,Sexy,Funny,Seductive

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Development Pitch

My story was written in the heart of the #MeToo movement and inspired by my sons.That movement touched my heart because I could relate to those women and realized, we all have a story that we had decided to take to the grave.Instead, I was inspired to write about mine. So many women fell victim to sexual abuse, verbal abuse, psychological abuse,physical abuse and death all for the love of a man. I was one of those women. I turned to drugs and alcohol to ease the pain of abuse. I had no self-respect or love for myself.There are so many women who can relate to this, but will never openly admit to it; I decided to release my burden by writing about it with the hope that women will see that you can go through and later come out on top. This story has all the elements of a Lifetime Movie Network for women. I would like to see this story played out by two Black women (young and old), struggling with the shame of promiscuity and drugs (taboo), surviving it all. My story is not new, however, it is familiar and no two are exactly alike; but they are relatable. #Mentor #Survivor

About The Author

My name is Lenora Ardella Yancey aka “Lennie”. I am a native of Baltimore, Maryland. I was born on the West side of Baltimore and raised in The Original Northwood community. I graduated from Western High School in 1975; The Broadcasting Institute of MD in 1982 and Sojourner-Douglass College with Honors in 2003. I am the mother to two adult sons and six awesome grandchildren. I started working at the age of 19. Over my career I would work as a Collections Specialist, Front desk Receptionist, Customer Service Representative, Domestic Violence Crisis Worker, Subacute Discharge Planner and Homeless Outreach Advocate/Case Manager. My daddy passed in 1980, my mom passed in 1991 and my only sibling passed in 2018. After 40 years, I continue to work in the Human Services field. In 2014 God placed on my heart to launch a Life Coach business to help others; HE also named it for me, Victory is Yours 2: Dare 2B Fearless. Now that I have written my story for everyone to read, I will launch the business and do what sayeth the Lord! I pray that my snapshots are relatable to everyone that reads Broken Wings: A Vault of Memories Unleashed Thank you and be blessed. Lenora A. Yancey, BA, Human Services Advocate, Mentor and Life Coach

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

DRAMA, RELIGION

Brief

Lenora tells the story of her own life, an intense and full of events life, surrounded by death from her early years. Memories of difficult times in a hostile environment, in which she suffered racism and the approach of immoral men. Feeling hopeless, she lost herself to the temptations of drugs and casual sex, but ended up finding her way thanks to the faith she found in God.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Despite being a memoirs book, in which her life is the central point, other characters have important roles in her life, so I believe she could include supporting characters to her profile, such as Father: honest, humane, energetic, stubborn, protective; Mother: confident, loyal, sympathetic, strong. Brother: drug addict, determined, good-hearted

Draw of Story

It's a very honest memoir. You feel caught by those sincere words and that tough life.

Possible Drawbacks

The action could be better developed, so we could immerse ourselves in it more deeply. The sequence of facts, despite being intense, happens too quickly.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

It's an honest memoir. It's the story of a black woman who had to deal with racism and all sorts of abuse since her childhood. This could be the story of thousands of other women, and that's the reason it is an intense and necessary narrative.

Fanbase Potential

If developed into a longer and deeper drama, with a better pace and well-built supporting characters, I could see a large fanbase here.

Awards Potential

It's an intense story about innocence and hope being stolen by racism and abuse. If the drama is intensified, and the plot gains a better structure, there's potential for awards.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

PRECIOUS - A REAL STORY ABOUT A BLACK WOMAN WHO IS RAPED, SUFFERS RACISM, AND FINDS REDEMPTION IN THE ARTS. MOONLIGHT - A LITTLE BOY WHO SUFFERS BULLYING AND RACISM, ENDS UP BECOMING A DRUG ADDICT.

What’s New About the Story

Her sex addiction is something controversial, but also somewhat original. The scenes in which she is abused when just a child are necessary to define her feelings, but they will need special attention due to the delicate nature of the action.

Lead Characters

She is a very strong woman, despite her high level of insecurity. A complex character who has different nuances in her. She is a good person, she wants to be loved, but she also hurts people with her irresponsible acts. She sounds reliable.

Uniqueness of Story

Not a rare gem. It's a good plot, but the whole narrative needs development.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

It could explore the racial matter a little bit further. It could also make a stronger connection between historical events and the protagonist's personal struggles. The lack of sexual education in that time could be better explored as a source of problems for many girls. The narrative could be better structured, in a more dramatized way, so it would fit in an audiovisual medium best. The rapes the protagonist suffers are part of her story, but it's a very delicate subject that needs a subtle approach, and a sensitive dramatization. I like the way she tells her story. It's unique and gives her protagonist a personal voice. I'd like to see the other characters' voices as well. The book has no dialogue, so the author could develop it, or work closely with the Screenwriter to give the story a realistic approach. Otherwise, it would be a very tough narrative to be adapted. She explores very important subjects, such as abortion, rape, racism, drug addiction, abuse, bullying, and I believe the book has potential for a very dramatic and intense memoir, but the whole narrative needs development to become an audiovisual piece.