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Creative Strength Training by Jane Dunnewold

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How to Distill and Edit Your Story

CROSS-TRAINING EXERCISE

What to Gather

favorite writing implement

something to write on (journal or loose paper)

Let’s revisit the process so far. In the last chapter, the assignment was to write the “shitty first draft” about the following topics.

What you love to do is personal. This unknown folk artist spent hours building elaborate birdhouses, all crammed together in his urban garden.

Part 1: History

Who are you and what physical path has your life taken?

Part 2: Process

How do you work and what do you love to do?

Part 3: Content

What do you care about?

Now we’ll go on to the refining part of the process. ...

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