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Matt Stadnik
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And the Mountains Echoed
Use more elaborate descriptions ("as many as a hand has fingers" vs "5") Deep conflicts, climax of the characters life. Try a "narrative within a narrative" style.

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Writing Prompt
Describe a time you were truly awed by a force of nature. Storm The rain beats down furiously all around but in the shelter of the garage not a drop reaches us. A stout fortress offering staunch resistance against the elements affording us the luxury of pas...

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Almanac Poems
Waiting Cramped in the back of the old Toyota Van. Our mom can only be one place at a time. And so we wait alone, my sister and I. Idly munching potato sticks, adding new crumbs to the collection. The time isn't wasted when you have nothing to do. She retur...

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Walking
On a warm spring day, a young boy walks briskly down the sidewalk, the smell of fresh cut grass mixed with exhaust fumes from the lawnmower invades his nostrils like the vanguard of a barbarian horde, marching for chaos's sake, forging a path to the olfacto...

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Boy Scouts
Arrow of Light One night a group of Indian braves was out hunting. They wandered far through the woods chasing their prey, but as the night wore on, clouds obscured the stars and the moon. When the time came to return to the tribe, the braves were unable to...

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Summer Sonnet
Basking in the warmth the hot sun brings, The lizard lies still, soaking up the heat. A nice flat rock that surely can't be beat, and kind song that the chorus of birds sings. His skin is rough, he knows it will not burn These are the kinds of things a liza...

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Almanac Poems
Waiting Cramped in the back of the old Toyota Van. Our mom can only be one place at a time. And so we wait alone, my sister and I. Idly munching potato sticks, adding new crumbs to the collection. The time isn't wasted when you have nothing to do. She retur...

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One Second
     "Alright, are we done here?"      "I think so."      "Let's pack it up then."      The museum curator had been very kind, lending them a few exquisite pieces for the shoot. James watched as his partner, Andrew, deftly hoisted a beautiful glass vase int...

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Magical Realism
     Jake heard the familiar jingle as he pushed his way through the heavy door of the convenience store. A tasty after-school snack was just what he needed. He sifted through the options in the aisle in the back marked 'baked goods,' as if dry donuts and c...

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Cantor - The Thinker: To Outwit a God
     How does a mortal best a god? One of many questions on his mind. The mighty Ares, at that. And so an attempt of force in any measure was clearly destined for failure. He would need to exercise his cunning rather than his martial prowess if he were to s...
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