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Storywriting: Put Your Character into Hot Water, Part 1


storywriting and hot water imageYou have an idea for a story but don’t know how to get it going. Or you would like to write a story but are out of ideas.

In storywriting, you have to throw a lot of things at your main character, things he or she would rather not have to deal with. In this prompt, you’ll learn two proven methods to get ideas and plunge your character into hot water. Next week, we’ll discuss two more methods.

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Dialog Does Not Have to Be Boring


Dialog imageHave you ever read really boring dialog in a book? You know, like this:

    “Jane,” said Tarzan, “have you ever noticed how much the monkeys love me?”
     “Yes, Tarzan, I noticed it,” said Jane. “In fact, one is climbing on you right now.”
     Tarzan scratched his head. “He’s pulling on my ear. Isn’t that cute?”
     Jane smiled up at the little scamp. She raised her hand to pet his furry back. “You know, Tarzan, I think he’s my favorite one. What should we call him?”
     “I know!” said Tarzan. “Let’s call him Scamp!”
     “Why, Tarzan! That’s just the name I was thinking of!” said Jane.

Yuk! How boring. But why? Why is that dialog boring?

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Celebrating L. Frank Baum: There’s no Place Like Home


L. Frank Baum“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home,” says Dorothy Gale in the movie The Wizard of Oz.

L. Frank Baum, the author of the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the other Oz books, was born in May in 1856. That’s more than 150 years ago, but his statement is still true. There’s no place like home, and there’s no place like your home.

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