I’m teaching my Journalism students how to structure a news story by utilizing the Rule of Three. Bad (or good) things happen in threes. Why, they want to know? That’s just how it is, I tell them.
The Rule of Three is a writing principle that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things.
To prove my point, I’ve had three bad things happen to me recently. The first was hurting my hand in my race three weeks ago. It still hurts! The second was my kickstarter breaking off before my next race in South Carolina. I drove all the way there (and had my suspension serviced the Friday before) for nothing! [Note: Not really nothing. I put on my journalist hat and started taking pictures, instead.]
The third bad thing was throwing my back out while sneezing last week! I could literally not believe this one…but if you’ve ever seen or heard my mother sneeze, you feel my pain. Just one powerful sneeze sent me screaming to the floor where I remained with my dog licking my face.
It’s been a week since the last bad thing happened, so I’m assuming I’m good for a while. I’m looking forward to racing this weekend in Gainesville if my hand can handle it, of course. I would hate to enter a race that I know I couldn’t win.
I’m also looking forward to three good things happening since my friend Deborah and I decided to start our own race team, and we already have a name! We’re planning to hit most, if not all, of the out-of-state National Enduros next season, which could take us anywhere from Colorado to Missouri. Stay tuned…