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Melissa Sokol
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TRAVEL WRITING; LET THE STORY COME TO YOU
 BLOG ELAINE I
love to venture forth, be it climbing rocks in Joshua Tree or
backpacking in Iceland where my daughter and I traveled last July.
“This will be your next book,” my friends predicted, but writing a book about the Icelandic wilderness was never...

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SAVE MY GYPSY!
Save my Gypsy!  At Literary Orange Writer’s conference, I asked a panel speaker what books she used to help her in crafting her stories.  One of the books she recommended is  Save the Cat  by screen writer Blake  Synder .   It is a terrific resource and has...

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I Was One of the Thousands of Children Adopted from Greece During 1955-1957
BLOG 28 JOANNA There
were three thousand children adopted from Greece during 1955-1957
period who are now middle aged or older. Many were sold.  Governments
falsified documents so that there was no way to trace their journeys.
Those who were babies reca...

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UNRAVELING YOUR BALL OF TWINE
 Elaine Post 26 On a
sun-scattered Monday morning I face the blank page, first in a
string of Mondays since last settling at my computer poised with the intention to write. Like a concert pianist I stretch my fingers and
place them upon the keys; then I co...

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UNRAVELING YOUR BALL OF TWINE
 On a
sun-scattered Monday morning I face the blank page, first in a
string of Mondays since last settling at my computer poised with the intention to write. Like a concert pianist I stretch my fingers and
place them upon the keys; then I conjure the mantr...

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH MADELEINE L'ENGLE ALL OVER AGAIN
POST 20 Melissa I remember catching the spark from Madeleine L'Engle.  Madeleine L'ENGLE had just published  A Wrinkle  in Time in 1962.  I read it in 1966.  I related to the adventurous girl in the story. I was an adventurous  12 year  old.  I explored the...

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A POEM IN YOUR POCKET
POST 19 MaryAnn April is National Poetry Month and it's time to celebrate poets and poetry.  The best fiction  writing uses the same literary elements as seen in poetry: meta phor, symbolism, alliteration,  and subtext. Where do poets get their inspiration?...

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A POEM IN YOUR POCKET
April is National Poetry Month and it's time to celebrate poets and poetry.  The best  fiction  writing uses the same literary elements as seen in poetry: meta phor, symbolism, alliteration,  and subtext. Where do poets get their inspiration? "Poems come fr...

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HOW TO STRUCTURE A STORY
POST  MARYANN Without structure you have no story. Structure in story must include a character in a situation with a problem  who  tries over and over again to solve that problem but fails again and again and then, at the climax of the story, makes a final ...

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BRINGING THE SCENE ALIVE THROUGH THE SENSES
POST 17 KRISTEN A friend of mine recommended an “excellent book—a simply must read!”  Oh, how I hate those.  They interrupt my life.  Do I write or  read?  Load of laundry or read?  Go to gym—or read?  It’s an addiction.  Be it flame to moth or  winno  to w...
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