Opportunities through Revisising

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Through revising my manuscript, I discover many shortcomings and weaknesses. I may find extraneous detail or dialogue that needs to be cut because it does nothing to push the story forward.  I may find a certain aspect of a character that needs

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Characters in Motion

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Silvia moves through the world like a Peanut’s character dancing.  Frank moves from one side of the kitchen to the other like he is keeping beat to a Polka song.  Cosmo moves with a bounce in his step, his head bopping back and forth like a

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More Books About Peace, Not War

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We are and have been in the midst of war for the past several years, and it appears as though there is no end in sight to the current war in Afghanistan.  Both wars that we have been involved in in recent years were completely unnecessary

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Making People Out of Words

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Although I knew the general plot through my outline, around midway through the writing of my book, my characters started doing things that I had not planned for them. They surprised me by certain decisions and or actions.  This was when I knew

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This Tale Grew Into Telling

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The quote above from J.R.R. Tolkien resonated so much with me because I felt that it really spoke of my own process for writing my novel. My novel began with a description of a single character that I subsequently incorporated into a short

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