Family is All Relative––Part III

Last week, I talked about my friend Darla. How I’ve known her for about 24 years, and we’ve been through a lot together and apart for a while. This week, I want to share Melanie with you. She’s another close friend, and it’s possible she and I have been through more in a shorter period of time, than Darla and I have. #familyisrelative #friendsascloseasfamily

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Keeping the Middle Moving––Part V

Fear is a great tool to provide inner conflict for characters. Keeping the middle of your story moving requires all kinds of different ways to spur conflict. But not all conflict is external. The characters should go through inner turmoil. Though we should not live in fear, our characters should. Click to Tweet #keepmiddlemoving #amwriting

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Family is All Relative––Part II

My friend Darla

When you think of “family,” what comes to mind? Mother, father, siblings, grandparents. Aunts, uncles, then cousins. Interesting what some of the synonyms of family are: intimate, household, personal, private. #familyisrelative #friendsascloseasfamily

To me, family can be anyone I’m close to. I have extended close family. A brother, sister-in-law, and great-niece in California, a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and niece here in Pennsylvania. They’re part of the family. And they have other parts of their family.

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Keeping the Middle Moving––Part IV

What kinds of horrendous happenings can you throw in? Oftentimes, the middle gets bogged down because you’re slowly setting up for the climax, but the middle needs it’s own climax to keep it going. Disasters are great for keeping the middle moving. Weather, natural, or manmade disasters can spur on action and help develop depth of character. Click to Tweet #keepmiddlemoving #amwriting

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Family is All Relative––Part I

Wow! This year is a year of “family” for me––in all kinds of ways…the family I grew up with, and new people in my life, whom I call my “Biologicals.” You’ve heard a bit about them already. #familyisrelative #cousins

Last week, I visited with some of my cousins…ones I grew up with on Mom’s side of the family. The occasion was my Aunt Donna’s 95th, yes ninety-fifth birthday. I haven’t seen my Aunt Donna for twelve years, since my mom died. A few of my cousins were at Mom’s funeral in 2005, and a couple of them were there last weekend (the weekend of July 1-2). Aunt Donna has outlived every other Whitwam, she’s a very special and amazing woman. Two of the cousins present are not in the “official” photo – Eric Roembach and Joyce (Beard) Jackson. They were present at cousin Kim’s house on Saturday.

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Keeping the Middle Moving––Part III

A successful objective met in a scene for the character should still lead to more trouble. Let the character stew about a negative outcome from the last scene. What are the emotions? Click to Tweet #keepmiddlemoving #amwriting

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Happy Independence Day!

The Fourth of July has always been a fun holiday for me––well, mostly. When I was a kid, I first lit those black “snakes” on our back porch’s concrete floor. Firecrackers scared me when I was little. My brother wasn’t afraid, and eventually I overcame my fear. By junior high, I was lighting firecrackers and throwing them away as soon as possible. We’d heard the horror stories of people’s fingers and hands blown off by holding on to the firecracker too long. I wasn’t about to take a chance on that. #firecrackers #fourthofjuly Firecrackers are a reminder that our forefathers fought a war to free us from England. Click to Tweet

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