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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter Six

The Construction of Story

“Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and the once upon a time comes to stand for some renascent truth.” —Mary Catherine Bateson

Ideas for stories are everywhere: a scrap of overheard conversation here, an unexpected encounter there. Maybe it’s a dream or a memory or a vision that speaks to you. Or maybe you are driven by a need for justice or revenge or your own happy ending.

You may start with a character, a question, or a place. Best-selling author Dean Koontz, who’s sold some 450 million copies of his many novels worldwide, ...

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