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Now Available on Kindle

Now Available on Kindle

Yeah! The Writer’s Compass is now available on Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/The-Writers-Compass-ebook/dp/B005G4W0UI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1312640245&sr=8-2. Thank you Dale Blee for letting me know it was available. It should be up on other eBook formats soon. … Read entire article »

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Amazon Reviews

If you want to know what others think about The Writer’s Compass, there have been a couple of great reviews posted on amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Compass-Story-Finished-Stages/product-reviews/1599631970/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending. … Read entire article »

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10 Tips for Home Schooling

10 Tips for Home Schooling

Since two of my daughters home school, one with a child old enough to use The Writer’s Compass as a tool for teaching creative writing, I though it appropriate to create “10 Tips for Home Schooling.” Although I teach creative writing at the undergraduate and graduate level, I believe that this book is useful to students at the high school and junior high level and some of my methods may be useful for you to use … Read entire article »

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The Bus Boy

The Bus Boy

If you were an aging alcoholic who spent most of the last years of your life homeless…and finally landed a job as a bus boy…what would your last dream be?   “The Bus Boy” by Nancy Ellen Dodd is a short story used as an example in The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages. For free access to read “The Bus Boy” go to http://issuu.com/smudgedinkpress/docs/thebusboy. The story is in text and illustrated formats. I especially want to thank all of … Read entire article »

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The Picture Map

The Picture Map

Writing Exercise: Turning the Story Map Into a Picture Map   Because of my concern that the structure chart and story map would be misinterpreted as a linear development process, I used my artistic skills (not) to create a picture map. The picture map overlays the structure chart and uses the ideas from the story map to create images. The picture map can be created to look like a scene or it can be a conglomeration of pictures … Read entire article »

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Becoming A Writer

Becoming A Writer

  Becoming A Writer The biggest difference between published writers and wannabe writers is that published writers write, and wannabe writers only dream about writing. If you want to be a writer, you have to commit to writing. It’s that simple. You don’t need a degree. You don’t need to be hired to write. You don’t need to have a career in writing. You don’t need anyone to say, “You have met the requirements, you are … Read entire article »

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

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Introduction to The Writer’s Compass

Introduction to The Writer’s Compass

What Will The Writer’s Compass Teach Me? The Writer’s Compass There are three approaches to The Writer’s Compass for writers: Reading through the book will teach both beginning and experienced writers new information Answering some of the questions and/or exercises will give writers new skills Digging in and doing the majority of the work suggested in the book will take your writing to a new level   As writers, we often look for answers to: How do … Read entire article »

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