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Monthly archive for July 2015

From Picture to Story by Jack Popjes

From Picture to Story by Jack Popjes

I just finished reading the second in the three-volume series of Ransom Riggs’ “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Riggs came across some vintage photographs of children and was struck by the peculiarities of expression, bodies, dress, or poses. He collected more of the same style of photos and eventually developed a storyline based totally (more…) →

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You Gotta Wind Up Where You Started From by Janice L. Dick

You Gotta Wind Up Where You Started From by Janice L. Dick

Beginnings and endings are the most important parts of our stories, besides the middles! Each part is essential. Take a look at I Corinthians 12:21ff, “. . . the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ ” Our stories would (more…) →

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What Gerald Did Next by Brenda J. Wood

What Gerald Did Next by Brenda J. Wood

Ever read a mystery that left you flabbergasted? The murderer was not the suspect you had in mind. How did that happen? There wasn’t a clue—or at least not one you figured out. So how did the writer pull it off? Quite possibly they were surprised too. (more…) →

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A Three Act Sandwich by Tracy Krauss

A Three Act Sandwich by Tracy Krauss

Building a Sandwich You may be familiar with the good old sandwich analogy. Take two pieces of bread—the beginning of the story and the ending—and layer the rest of the ingredients in between. This is the basic three act structure that fits almost every kind of fiction, no matter if it’s a play, a short (more…) →

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Are You Hooked? by Steph Beth Nickel

Are You Hooked? by Steph Beth Nickel

NONFICTION OPENINGS “Imagine for a moment that one of your favorite female Bible characters were to somehow travel through time to the modern day. What would Esther, or Ruth, or Mary Magdalene think as they stared, amazed, at our lives?” (opening of Chapter 1 of The Life Ready Woman: Thinking in a Do-It-All World by (more…) →

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