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  • May 16th, 2011 | 11:22 AM
letters to characters

Just a few recent letters to my characters prompted by scenes I am playing around with at the moment.



Dear Plant Kid,
I fell in love with you all over again when you found the gopher snake. Of course Gran wasn't nearly as pleased as me. Did you find it yet?



Dear Max,
You may have just been trumped by a dead sister but it's a temporary situation I'm sure. I suggest you stay where you are for the time being. I know it's not the home of your heart but you're safer there and that makes it easier for your boy when he does what he has to do next.



Dear Sister #1,
I thought what you did that night was his choice, not yours. You're not who I thought you were and that makes you a very interesting character. I don't like you as much as I did when we started this journey, but that's okay. I don't have to like you, I just have to believe you. And I do.



Dear Sister #2,
You're the strong one. I know it doesn't feel that way at the moment but I can already tell you are the strongest of the pair of you. It's not just what you've had to endure, although that has certainly added to your strength. You're also very talented but I wish you wouldn't hide your talent in those books. It's okay to share.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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d_michiko_f
May 16th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Cheering - for you, for your characters, for their stories, and these letters! :)
susanwrites
May 19th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I am forcing these but it is a few baby steps of progress.

Now I'm going to go play with my friend Art. :)
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susanwrites
May 19th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
Jone,
So glad I can make you curious. That's half the battle, right? The character letters are kinda sorta my way of plotting. Very, very rough plotting. It's my weak point.

That particular story that caught you attention is so emotionally churning that I can only work on it in tiny bits and pieces.
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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.






Susan Taylor Brown

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