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November 05, 2013

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Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, this is wonderful! Thank you! And so valuable at every point along the way.

I learned story-telling as a reporter--beginning, middle,end. ANd as you say,exactly, no confusion.

I wonder if your students realize how difficult it is! And that the difficulty -working it out--is part of the process.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh thank you, Carolyn! this is so valuable--at every step of the process.

I learned about storyytelling as a reporter--beginning, middle, end. ANd exactly as you say, no confusion along the way.

ANd I wonder if your students realize how difficulit it is--and how that difficulty is such an important part of the process.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh thank you, Carolyn! this is so valuable--at every step of the process.

I learned about storyytelling as a reporter--beginning, middle, end. ANd exactly as you say, no confusion along the way.

ANd I wonder if your students realize how difficulit it is--and how that difficulty is such an
important part of the process.

Dean James

Hank is right, Carolyn. Valuable advice. Your students are lucky, even if they don't realize it, to work with someone with common sense about publishing.

Ellen Byerrum

A wonderful post, Carolyn. I've been toying with the idea of teaching a writing class so your comments are of particular interest. And just yesterday I had a conversation with another writer over "whose story is it." Sometimes we get lost in the writing weeds.

I particularly loved your statement about certain overpraised and ponderous literary tomes, which made me smile. Thank you.

Charlaine Harris

What a cogent explanation of questions every writer should answer internally before sitting down to create. I'd never put those to myself so succinctly, and I'm so glad you've distilled it!

Dana Cameron

"Yes, they go together like ham and cheese, but like ham and cheese, they are two very different things." Carolyn, this is perfect! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Carolyn Haines

Thank you all for your encouragement. One thing about teaching--I have to put a lot of thought into writing and why it does or doesn't work. And you know the old saying, "even a blind sow finds an acorn ever now and again."

Beth Simpson

Dana, That was my favorite sentence (and point) as well. Clearl Ms. Haines is no 'blind sow'!

MaryBeth Gokee

Carolyn, as always, you say what needs to be said. Whether it's a 4th grader's essay or a POPULAR fiction book or a literary masterpiece, flow of the book is crucial! That's why we hit it off back in the Delta when we first met. Thanks for beibg such a good friend! Mb aka IvyTrace Franklin

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