WRITE IT LIKE YOU TOLD IT

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Anyone remember a TV show from the mid-late 80s called Amazing Stories?

The intro showed cave people sitting around a campfire at sunset, shadows flickering on their faces,  listening with great anticipation  as one of the group began a tale of wonder.

This is why we write. We try to capture that campfire moment, the instant the story-teller looks at her listeners and says, “You may not believe this, but I swear it happened…”

At another time in my life, I loved siting across the kitchen table from my roommate  and say, “Girl, you won’t believe what just happened to me.”
Now I want my readers  at the table saying, “Tell me everything!”

Spinning lies and truths with words is a great joy, and opening the worlds in my head still takes a lot of nerve. I hyperventilate a bit when I read out loud at Word Wizards, my writer’s critique group. But, they are my campfire listeners and if they lean forward as I read, with the tell me everything look on their faces, I know I’m doing something right.

Think about the last time you told a story. Then write it, exactly like you told it.

Oh, and if I’m wrong about the name of the show, somebody please tell me.

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3 thoughts on “WRITE IT LIKE YOU TOLD IT

  1. Just sending you a little cheer and support as you reach the end. I’m already drinking the champagne though…when thirst calls.. 😉

  2. I don’t remember the show, but you are so right. That telling of stories is what I love to hear, and struggle to write.

    Your progress box at the top looks great. And you’re nearly there! Go You! 😀

  3. There is power in that thought.
    If I imagine my readers looking into the computer screen on the other side, hanging on my every word, perhaps the idea of putting my words out there will become easier.
    Good for you, reading stuff out loud to your writing group! It sounds like a great exercise. 🙂

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