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Writing Someone Else’s Story

image by Sheng P. My novel The Kitchen Daughter was published in 2011. Seven years is not that long ago, really, but for many reasons, it feels like a different lifetime. The world has changed a great deal in less than a decade, and publishing has changed along with it—in …

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Any Means Necessary: A Hybrid Success Story

Katina Ferguson is a bilingual French Canadian freelance writer and a literary translator in the making. She has contributed to WritersDigest.com, written articles for Vinings Lifestyle Magazine, and blogged for local small businesses. Beyond the pen, Katina nurtures the growth and camaraderie of the writing community in Atlanta by organizing …

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Creating Pockets of Story: Expand Inward

photo adapted / Horia Varlan In college, I was in a dance improvisation company that gave me a healthy appreciation of the way constraining creativity can help it move forward. Our on-the-spot performances were informed by suggestions from the audience. It usually went something like this. “What would you like …

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Breaking the Story Open

Once upon a time, I listened as Noa Baum, an oral storyteller, told a story about her German-Jewish mother. Noa’s gestures and facial expressions, the details of culture and history, the characters she fleshed out with an accented turn of phrase–these all held my attention. Yet at some point early …

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This Baltimore County couple designed their garden to tell the story of their lives

Charles and Amy Newhall’s gardens are a place to lose oneself. The pristine landscape that surrounds their Baltimore County home is lush and leafy, with hues of green stretching from large lawns and ground-hugging plants to trees that seem to kiss the clouds. Dubbed Brightside Gardens, the four-and-a-half acres include …

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When Perspective is the Story

photo adapted / Horia Varlan One of the first things an editor wants to know about your novel is how many points of view you’ll use. In the broadest strokes, who gets a point of view will determine the structure of your story; down to the smallest detail, it will …

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S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018: Grand Finale Social Story

S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 is underway! The 21 finalists of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 are all in Milan ready to compete in the biggest culinary challenge of a lifetime over the next two days. At 7am this morning the first group of seven young chefs under 30 stepped into their …

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Acquired taste: At Chef Nancy Longo’s Canton rowhouse, every item tells a story

Chef Nancy Longo has hobnobbed in the kitchen with the likes of Alice Waters and Paul Prudhomme. She’s cooked for Billy Joel’s band and filmmaker Barry Levinson. Yet her early passion was for the arts and design. “I was headed to University of Maryland to study set design, but the …

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Your Story Lives in the Details

Please welcome Nancy E. Johnson to Writer Unboxed today! Nancy was not only a finalist for the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association Rising Star Award (2016), she was dubbed a winner in the Writer’s Digest “Dear Lucky Agent” contest! More about Nancy: Nancy is a senior communications leader with an Emmy-nominated, …

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Idea and Story

Consider this opening paragraph, from an essay included in  G. K. Chesterton’s 1928 collection, Generally Speaking:   Among those remarkable “Sayings of the Day” that are quoted in the daily Press, I remember a sentence that is quite significant.  Sandwiched in between two other epigrams, between Sir Humphrey Pumpernickle’s paradox, …

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