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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Build a Story World

History in Place Writing assignment:
            1. Choose a place in your novel and describe it with its history. Integrate what was there by first describing both the present, and the absent, and then the present and the past.

            2. Or take a setting out of a folktale, fairy tale or actual history in another town/era/culture that bears the same thematic ‘map’ and use it doing the above exercise.

            For example: many stories have travelers lost in a forest. Maybe the forest in your town is still young so borrow an ancient one as its back history.

            3. After you have chosen and written one from an “historical” viewpoint, rewrite it from a family history perspective within the same framework.

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