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  • June 21st, 2011 | 3:13 PM
Letters to Characters

Dear Plant Kid,
Tell me about what happened to your dad. How did he die? How was your life different before he died?

Signed,
One curious author





Dear Frankie,
Were you trying to shock me with that comment about how you killed your sister? Because it's didn't work.

I'm not shocked and you didn't kill your sister. Forget what your mother and her loser boyfriend of the week are telling you. It's not your fault. You didn't pull out a gun and shoot her or sit on her in the bathtub until she drowned. It was an accident. Really.

Can you tell me one happy memory about you and your sister? Just one?

Signed,
Author who wants to be sure she gets your story straight





Dear Sisters,
Okay, so I get your point about the medical procedure one you had to have. And I get that it's a great big secret. I'm even pretty sure I know which one of you had to have it.

But so what? What does that have to do with the story we're trying to tell here?

Signed,
Author who is trying to see what parts of each of you are inside of me
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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susanwrites
June 22nd, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Ha! I have so much fun figuring things out through these letters.
slatts
June 22nd, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
I like these—and this process
Does it work?
susanwrites
June 22nd, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: I like these—and this process
It really does work for me!

I'm working on the reply letters right now and they are really getting me excited about the various stories. I stink at plot but talking about it this way is helping me come up with some possibilities.
slatts
June 22nd, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: I like these—and this process
I like it—I might try it, too!
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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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