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Clever book cover design by Coralie Bickford-Smith. But is the book any good? Click image for New York Times book review.

sorry, I reposted this only as an example of A REALLY DUMB WAY TO TRY TO LEARN TO WRITE. You're not fitting pipes or changing your oil. You're writing a story. If you do it by following directions, it will be flat, and it will suck. You just write down a bunch of honest, brave things. Thing's you're scared to say. You do NOT. Follow. A. Fucking. Chart.

These writing quotes come from the website of 7-time author and writing teacher, Laura Davis. Visit her site to learn more about her writing classes and retreats or to join her free online Writer's Journey Roadmap community. www.lauradavis.net

My characters will murder me in my sleep. Thankfully, I am not in any current danger of this.

I like to think of myself as a structured writer, at least in my outlines and preparatory work. This is a great graphic because it so clearly lays out the path that most stories follow. While I don't compose stories, I’m certainly familiar with following a general path when writing. I like order and structure and that's something that I'd like to continue working on. There’s always room for improvement and you can never plan too much!

"People are hungry for stories. It's part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another." -Studs Terkel

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But if you break their heart.... Well, you could very well have the most gruesome death in the entire story. www.janetcampbell...

So true... I always take a 15 min break from moving on to my next choice of reading material. Ha! I love living different lives. :)

"There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place." - J.K. Rowling