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A Major Revision and a New Writer

thumbs up winkMikaela has done an awesome, awesome job of revising the first four chapters of her story, The Magic Sword of Trestia. Excellent job, Mikaela. I can’t wait to read the rest! By the way, I replaced the first version of this story with this new revision but I didn’t remove any of the comments. This is kind of confusing (since some of these comments no longer apply) but I didn’t want to remove the comments because they might still be helpful to Mikeala.

I’d also like to welcome our newest writers, Wilson and Georgia. Wilson and Georgia have used a random word generator to help them create This Story. (Wilson and Georgia, please supply the title for this story so I can give it its proper name.) Random word generators are a great way to get your ideas flowing. Here’s a link to the one these writers used if you’d like to give it a try: http://writingexercises.co.uk/take-three-nouns.php.

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Looking for Your Advice

adviceMikaela is revising The Magic Sword of Trestia and is looking for advice. Follow the link, read what’s there and let her know what you think! You can comment here or there.

The same, but different

When a story first enters your head, try to write down everything that occurs to you, even if you have to scribble. Stories and the ideas behind them can be very slippery and come and go very fast. You want to capture everything you can before you forget (especially if you’re in a noisy room). It won’t be perfect, but that’s okay. You can always go back and polish it after you get it down on paper.

That’s what Allen C. and his mom did in the story, “The Same, but Different.” The first version is what writers call the rough draft and it’s how the story first occurred to Allen. The second version shows the changes Allen made to the story after he discussed it with his mom. See if you can spot the changes and figure out why he decided to make them. Do you agree with the changes? Let us know by leaving a reply under Allen’s story.

Thanks to Allen and his mom for sharing both versions. It’s a cool look into the many changes a story usually goes through before readers ever see it.

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