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Quick, as in really quick take:

        Some of the best stories begin with wreckage. All stories need to begin with threat.  

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Couldn’t agree more because verbs are the ENGINES of your sentences

“Most people use twenty verbs to describe everything from a run in their stocking to the explosion of an atomic bomb. You know the ones: was, did, had, made, went, looked….One size fits all looks like crap on anyone. Sew yourself a custom made suit. Pick a better verb. Challenge all those verbs to really […]

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Quick Take: Stand Your Ground

Actually I’m talking about the people or story people in your stories. Readers need to know exactly where these folks are located. At all times. Is he or she  standing on a dock watching a purple-hued sunset, or  on a beach gazing in wonder at a  forever sky, or a character waiting impatiently in a […]

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Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble. ~ Catherynne M. Valente

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On the Equinox…

Wishing you balance and a new beginnings as autumn launches in the northern hemisphere. And writers who are taking part in NaNoWriMo are you gathering your thoughts and ideas, putting together an outline  or  your own method of  pre-planning? Perhaps using a notebook, collecting photos of your characters? Keep writing, keep dreaming, have heart

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any screen shots out there?

Hi there, My posts and drafts were lost via a GoDaddy migration problem. The missing posts happened after July 1,2021. I would especially appreciate a longer column Voice is Identity. I’ve lost hours of work. If anyone has links or copies of any posts could you please contact me via email at jessicapagemorrell at gmail […]

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July

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where does fiction come from?

I think fiction comes from everything you’ve done,  and said, and dreamed, and imagined. It comes from everything you’ve read and haven’t read… I think my work comes out of the culture of the world around me.  I think that’s where my language comes from.~ Don Delillo

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Congratulations to Pulitzer winners

  Where would we be without dogged journalists and writers who uncover difficult truths, facts, and problems that need solving? Who help protect our fragile democracy. Who work towards accountability and justice. My profound congratulations to all the Pulitzer Prize winners, including Darnella Frazier for her Special Citation for courageously filming George Floyd’s murder. Her […]

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The best fiction touches us

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