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Learning to Hear: A Story Told Through Journaling

Learning to Hear: A Story Told Through Journaling

When journaling tells a story that narration wouldn’t.

There are times that journaling does a better job of telling a story than narration does. This is especially true for events that take place over time. As you share your journal entries, you take your readers with you on an adventure of discovery.

We always talk about writing our stories. However, it’s also more…

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Write about Bullies: 6 Ideas for Telling Your Story

Write about Bullies: 6 Ideas for Telling Your Story

 Part 2: Ways to Write about Bullies

Tuesday’s post addressed the different types of bullies looming around in your past. Today’s post will address some strategies to help you write about bullies and other encounters with rudeness.
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Sometimes you just have to get the toxins out of your system. At first, it might seem like you’re just vomiting emotions on the page. more…

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Writing about Bullies and Boors: Part 1

Writing about Bullies and Boors: Part 1

Writing about bullies doesn’t come easily. We want to put that behind us. We wonder, “Who wants to read that?”

Probably most people.

Whenever we get together and share memories and stories, encounters with belligerence, arrogance, or outright bullying invariably come up. It’s always a compelling story.

Our listeners commiserate. They respond with their own stories. This happens when we write too. When more…

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When to Use Fiction to Tell True Stories

When to Use Fiction to Tell True Stories

How do you communicate your story without having to tell it? One way is to use fiction to tell true stories. Writers often use this tool when they (or their editors) feel that real life fails to produce great literature. (Julie Schumacher’s Turning Real Life into Fiction explains some of these quandaries.)
Beyond Literary Devices: When to Use Fiction to Tell more…

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A Typical Day Can Be an Extraordinary Tool

A Typical Day Can Be an Extraordinary Tool

Your story does not have to be extraordinary to be worthy of the written word. In fact, memorializing a typical day can be the key to connecting with loved ones.

I remember my younger son’s fourth grade teacher pulling me aside to describe my son’s “spacy” behavior. “Welcome to my world,” I told her. Although I sympathized with her, a part more…

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When Strong Family Roots Don't Produce a Pretty Tree

When Strong Family Roots Don't Produce a Pretty Tree

A strong family root system doesn’t always lead to a pretty tree.

It happens in nature too. Take my backyard willow tree for example. Its root system supposedly can spread over an acre. Despite its ability to efficiently retrieve nutrients and water from the soil, its limbs break off in every storm.

When that happens in families, it’s downright scary. There are more…

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Laura-Square

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I'm passionate about telling stories and connecting with others. I came by that passion honestly; my grandmother, Hazel Crymes, wrote throughout her life. However, Grandma wrote in secret; I believe in sharing. Read more....
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Memories of Me ~ A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life (Cedar Fort's Plain Sight imprint) On Sale Now! Read more...

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