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How To Find the Heart of a Story

How To Find the Heart of a Story

If you’ve read my blog posts: Anatomy of an Article, Parts 1 and 2, you’ll know I’m a great one for note-taking.  Take a minute and read those two posts, then come back and read this . I recently traveled to Aztec Ruins in northern New Mexico, which was once occupied by what we called Anasazi; today the term “ancestral Puebloans” is considered more appropriate. While there I took notes about the place including: place with many houses wetlands navel of the…

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Flash Non-Fiction #1 – Waiting

Flash Non-Fiction #1 – Waiting

I took on the Flash Non-Fiction Challenge #1 – writing about three things and how they may relate to one another.  I’m not exaggerating when I admit that I went through 30+ revisions, trying to find the perfect word, the perfect turn-of-phrase. I was shocked at the ah-ha’s I experienced, but I’ll save that for another post. What I can tell you now, though, is that after I finished writing, I felt exhilarated and alive – truly alive. As you…

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Writing Flash Nonfiction – Will You Join Me?

Writing Flash Nonfiction – Will You Join Me?

I have long-loved the essay format; it appeals to both the logical part of my brain as well as the writer in me who envys a well-turned phrase. Essays are the closest in format to the magical magazine articles I used to write, which probably accounts for considering the following: I’ve been reading Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, edited by Dinty W. Moore (available in paperback and Kindle) and it’s charging me up to try my hand at writing…

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