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Excitement and Anticipation Tempered…

October 28, 2015
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A good friend excitedly messaged me just over a week ago advising me that ‘you’ve done it, girl!’ My name was in the November edition of the Reader’s Digest. Puzzled, I asked what had she read, which by the way, was by pure fluke while waiting at the doctor’s office. You’re in the edition, was the reply.

Now as I had no recollection or note of submitting any editorial to the Reader’s Digest and I had not received an email confirmation, you can understand my puzzlement. I emailed the editorial department there and then and awaited the reply.

I received an apologetic reply:

Thank you for writing and sorry to hear no one notified you. If you email me back with your complete address, I will gladly send you a copy of the November issue. Best Regards, Vanda Cianfaglia.

Then I waited for the copy to arrive in the mail. So this is the cover

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And the entry? This small snippet in response to a question! Yes, it is funny how anticipation can alter our perspective. However, it is a nice keepsake if nothing else. As it is not clear, this is what I wrote in answer to the question: I will never get too old to…

…try new things. I immigrated from the United Kingdom late in life and found a new home, new friends and new hobbies.

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My motto is actually New Opportunities – I even made a desk banner to remind me to pursue new things.

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Has an anticipation been tempered for you?

Are Your Characters Tractable..?

June 27, 2013
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Tractable – definition: easily managed or controlled : docile

Are most of your characters tractable or are some intractable?

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If your experience is anything like mine, there is usually one, or possibly two characters, that make their presence known in no uncertain terms. They want the starring role in our narrative. These characters are usually more defined in our minds and are ‘easier’ to relate to, whether because of a personality trait or that they are more fun to write. This leaves us with the problem of developing our supporting characters with as much attention to detail as the main antagonist and protagonist.

There are many character development tips and lists available on the internet that can assist us.

Do you have a favorite? Have you created your own?

I follow K.M. Weiland whose Helping Writers Become Authors blog is crammed full of useful tips and information. Take a look – http://www.kmweiland.com/writingtips.php

For my part I listen to the voices! After all who knows themselves better than the character themselves..?

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