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Shelly Lowenkopf
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Writer, editor, teacher, reviewer, raconteur
Writer, editor, teacher, reviewer, raconteur

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Telling It Like It Is
The most common mistake made by storytellers at all levels of ability has one, if not the most simple, solution. The mistake is the "tell," the infraction made famous by its position in the mantra "Show, don't tell." Most sentences in stories that begin wit...
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Story
Stories do not come easily. Certainly not the ones you value. Those come as unexpected, even undreamed of gifts, from unexpected sources, for surprising, random reasons. All stories are gifts from some source of another. The ones you suspect most are those ...
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The Convenient Dog
To convey the sense of a character's inner self at work, dramatists have given us the soliloquy. Many novelists and short story writers have modified this means of conveying inner feelings into the device of interior monologue. With two or more characters o...
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Authorial Flagging
After a sufficient introduction to the joys of reading, most readers will dabble outside the range of contemporary authors, sampling works from past centuries. In the process, they become aware of writers who produce a steady ensemble of eccentric character...
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Arrive At
Someone or something appears, right now, in a story. The principals don't have time, ability, nor inclination to cope.  The electricity for the Winfield's home in The Glass Menagerie  is turned off. Tom was supposed to pay the bill. He didn't, which builds ...
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Stranger in Town
All stories begin with an incident to shatter the calm of routine. For some time to come, perhaps forever, adios to the ordinary. Bienvenidos to the downward spiral of dramatic events to come. If we have any history of reading fiction, we know some form of ...
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Accelerant
There is a point you reach before sending a work off to its life in print where you're not quite satisfied with the result nor are you confident one more close read through will offer a clue to the missing element. At such times, you reach for the device mo...
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