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Unifying Your Story around a Meaningful Theme

Please welcome Jeanne Cavelos back to Writer Unboxed today! Jeanne is the director of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to helping writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work. More from her bio: Jeanne began her professional life as an astrophysicist working at …

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Your Story Deserves More: Putting in the Time

I have a short post to share with you today with a small but rather important point. We need to take our time while crafting our stories, to say something meaningful, or to craft a story of which we’re proud, whatever that may be. I’ve just ordered a pain au …

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The Value Quotient — Your Core Story and Values

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash After finishing my most recent book, I had to call my mother and warn her that it features a mother she will not like—but that this person has nothing whatsoever to do with her. She laughed and said, “Oh, I know.” I often write …

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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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