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Installment 8 — The Reader

Posted: April 11, 2012 in The Reader
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 This is the eighth installment of a story that will unravel slowly. Check back to find out what happens as the tale unfolds. Updates will be posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Emma decided to play her friend’s game, and took the psychiatrist’s business card from Anne’s outstretched hand. Although she had no mind to ever reach out to Anne again, Emma did call Dr. Donald Goldstein that day.

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        “No…no, not again,” she said out loud to herself.  Her hand seemed to have a mind of its own, and she picked up the receiver placing it near her ear.

       “Please stop calling,” Emma whispered to the caller. She glanced down on the round table next to her reading chair and opened The Secret to the first page with her free hand. A business card fell out and onto the floor. Emma picked it up reading the type side. Dr. Donald Goldstein Jr.  A phone number that could be called 24 hours a day boldly italicized right below the name.

“Ms. Walker, please hold on for Doctor Goldstein.” A woman’s overly sweet voice said.

It’s Mrs. Walker to you.  “Could you…could you tell the doctor…”

Emma tried to untangle her words, but the sweet-voiced woman was already connecting her.

Writing away everyday!

Okay, I admit it, I love writing mystery/suspense. If you’ve read my book, Lonely Deceptions, you know what I mean. I recently attempted to write a simple story about a fictitious baseball team. No harm in that, right? By the second chapter it turned into a mystery/suspense…go figure.

I guess what I’m trying to convey is, what many, many people have suggested before me…write what you know, what you love, what you get excited about. I believe then your story will ring true, even if it takes place on a planet billions of miles away or as close as your own backyard.

I have some tools, so to speak, which help me when I’m writing a story. This may or may not help you while staring at a blank piece of paper.

Write every day, this builds up your imagination and creativity.  (Simple for me to say, harder to actually do).

For a few minutes at night I take out the thesaurus, pick out random words and create sentences around them. For me, this little exercise is actually a lot of fun.

I can’t believe I’m going to tell you this last thing that I believe helped me in my writing, but, when my daughter was younger she loved having me play dolls with her. We would create lavish adventure stories for the dolls to go on, complete with dialogue. And at the end we would even do a blooper reel. By the way, now my ten-year-old daughter is writing her own short stories.

Happy writing everybody!