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  • January 19th, 2009 | 4:48 PM
Letters to characters

Dear Flyboy,
While I know you think you are doing a good of hiding what you are really feeling I think someone is going to figure you out pretty soon. Boy are you going to ticked when you find out who it is.


Dear Edna,
Arrested? Really? You ARE tough,


Dear Flyboy's dad,
I don't know if are ballsy or just plain dumb. For Flyboy's sake, I hope it's the second one.


Dear Girl,
Where ARE you? Or did you decide I didn't really need you after all?


Signed,
Author relying on index cards in order to tell this story
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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beckylevine
January 20th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
I was JUST thinking about needing a new set of index cards. That and Donald Maass' workbook; I'm going to try & juggle them both to do some plotting.

I know it's when the stuff isn't flowing, but I do love seeing your letters. And re Flyboy's Dad--possibly BOTH? LOL!
susanwrites
January 20th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
I need to see which one of his books it is that I have. Good luck on the juggling.

I miss doing the character lettes. It's a struggle because I don't want to give away the plot and yet I think they are a lot of fun. I'm not particulary struggling right now (okay, the synopsis is kicking my butt) but then I'm not particularly trying today either. This weekend has been all about brain rest because the last week's teaching was such a drain.

lizannewrites
January 20th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Let me know when they write back =)
Have fun!

Enjoy this part of your process =)
susanwrites
January 20th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Re: Let me know when they write back =)
Oh you know they will write back.
They always do. LOL
tracyworld
January 20th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
These are such interesting little peeks into your process and your characters.
susanwrites
January 20th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
It's a fun way for me to poke around and see what seems to stick.
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WHO AM I?



Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.






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