Your Prompts and Tips

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Prompts:

1. Write a few pages about a private investigator who is hired by a stranger to uncover a surprising truth about a recent spree of jewelry robberies.

2. Write a few pages about a character who finds an ominous—or romantic—note written in red ink.

3. Write a few pages about a mysterious boarding school where children of a certain family are sent when they reach a certain age, only to return quite differently.

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Tips:

1. Reading and talking with others about what we’ve read brings us together. Think about the point of view the writer chooses to utilize in a story. Is it first-person, second-person, third-person, or a mixture? Would you say the POV chosen is the ideal one to tell the story? How would the story change if it was written from a different POV?

2. Know the rules before you break them! Or as Dorothy Parker once said, "If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to tell them to quit now, while they’re happy.

3. Read with a pencil (literal or digital) in hand. From highlighting and underlining words and passages to scribbling notes in your journal, close reading does just that: it brings you closer to the story. Remember that reading is an active process.

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TO DO LIST:
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PRIVATE JOURNAL:
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TRACKING:
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