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Mining Old Manuscripts – Guest Post by, Traci Kenworth…

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Old manuscripts are never a waste. Mine them!

For example, those manuscripts you used to learn your craft? You can always pull ideas, characters, settings, etc. from them.

I have a future project that I’m pulling things about the current villain from. I could never get the villain out of my thoughts and recently, when I was trying to brainstorm a new manuscript out he came and fit right in. He’s not exactly the same, but he could be! His attitude, his powers, they niggled at me when I was trying to discover what drove this future villain. I couldn’t determine how to bring his powers into being, what they’d be like and then my gaze fell across this old set of books and bam, I had my idea as to how to work them in.

I’ve also used…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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