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Tuesdays With Story Writers Mail, May 27, 2010
By Carol Shay Hornung

Tuesday Night at the Bookstore

Patrick Tomlinson – wrote a very funny story about zombies being recruited to vote in Chicago. Everyone thought the dialogue was hilarious. There were opposing suggestions on whether or not the zombies should be described, including facial expressions. There was some discussion on whether the dialogue should be described with adverbs or if the dialogue should speak for itself.

Ann Potter – read from her memoir. Everyone was blown away by her writing and being able to channel a 12-year-old girl’s voice. One observation was that it reminded the person of the movie “A Christmas Story.” A suggestion was made to provide some description of how characters look, move their body when they are talking.

Holly Bonnicksen-Jones – didn’t read, but asked the group for suggestions as to how Liza should come to terms with what Taylor revealed to her. Suggestion to have her do some self-revelations through talking to a friend or sister. Then there was a strong debate over whether or how she should have closure with her ex-husband. Should she meet with him, write to him, or meet him to discuss what happened to their marriage.

Kim Simmons – read her science fiction story. The group agreed that it would be a good idea to provide a synopsis of the world she is creating so that the listeners can understand the story better. One observation was that the story needs to show how the characters impacted their physical surroundings.

Jen Wilcher – read her fan fiction story. One observation was to provide a little more context for the characters and stay true to the characters. Another observation was to not describe a character as Chewbacca, but as a sasquatch or some other more generic term.

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