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Sandra Scofield tells us: “Every scene has a pulse. Some vibrancy in the story makes the scene live on the page and makes it matter to the reader. . . . Sometimes the pulse is subtle and sometimes it beats like a tom-tom, but it is always present in a scene. Look for it, dig for it, massage it . . . Without it, your scene is a whimper” (The Scene Book 17).
Today is poetry Friday, so here is your poem to memorize:
INVITATION (Where the Sidewalk Ends)
If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in! (Shel Silverstein)
Please note that submissions are now open for Nickelodeon’s Writing Program:
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