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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Telling a story through Christmas lights

Writing a story is kind of like stringing Christmas lights:

It starts with one bright idea.

That strings together into a tale.

Before beginning to write, I make sure to line up my way so I don’t go adrift.

Once I have my path I am ready to get started.

I begin with one sentence that builds to another and to yet another.

It begins to turn, twist and grow in unexpected ways.


And before you know it I am tangled in an evil web that I have spun.


Sometimes I manage to come out unscathed and can breathe a sigh of relief.

Sometimes, no matter how hard I try it doesn’t seem to work!

I can't wait until I get to start hanging ornaments on my story!

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