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The Reason to Build a Box – by Donald Maass…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Writer Unboxed:

I’ll admit, that’s a strange post title for a site called Writer UN-Boxed.  But stick with me.  In certain circumstances, you may want to write inside a box.

By that, I do not mean a box of expectations, as in slavishly following storytelling “rules”.

Strict adherence to genre rules, for instance, might seem to please genre fans, but actually only results in cookie cutter novels.

Universal story templates such as the Hero’s Journey or three-act structure are meant to inspire but, treated too rigidly, can also constrain.

Really, any kind of imitation results only in  routine novels.

To be effective, fiction must to some degree be original.

Thinking outside the box is helpful, no question.

That said, I sometimes meet writers who are overwhelmed by their choices.

They have a buffet of possible projects and a plethora of intentions.

They agonize over what to write and…

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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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