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Short Story

A short story: When a couple of submissions in my critique group didn’t materialize, one of our members had a creative solution: Instead of critiquing our own work, the ever-resourceful David Popiel suggested that we analyze a short story by … Continue reading

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Crafting Stories

“I’ve often thought that the oldest thing we have is the story: people gathering around the fire…eventually these turned into myths and legends. To me all of this comes out of the most human of activities: sharing our experiences with … Continue reading

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Dynamic Dialogue

Whether we’re crafting a short story, novel or play, one of the most powerful — and trickiest tools — in our kit bag is dialogue. Dynamic dialogue makes a story sizzle and gives it forward momentum; lackluster dialogue limps along. … Continue reading

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Acting Lessons

Slipping into another creative medium can be so energizing and instructive: The rules of the game may be different, but the challenge of capturing and holding an audience’s interest is universal. That’s why I was so excited about attending a … Continue reading

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Falling, Rising

Sometimes a story just grabs you and pulls you by the heartstrings. I just watched a film version of William Inge’s haunting play, Come Back, Little Sheba. Id never seen it before and the cast is wonderful: Shirley Booth won … Continue reading

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