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    • Yankee Meadows Reservoir earth dike

    • Yankee Meadows Reservoir (Iron County, Utah); Camp sites, facilities, etc.--Dixie National Forest (Utah)
    • Close up view of the top of Yankee Meadows Reservoir dam showing the location of the earth dike and the well which allows entrance to the outlet valve in the pipe.
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 5 Introduction: As a professional writer, nothing bothers me more than having practically everyone I meet tell me that they want to write a best-selling novel. They make it sound like all they have to do is sit down...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 8 Suspense and Conflict: One of the most important themes is conflict and suspense. Conflict builds suspense. Tension and suspense are the same thing. Amy Deardon in her book, How to Develop Story Tension discusses...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 10 the writer made in the very first scene and how if that doesn’t happen then the writer will lose the reader who probably won’t buy another book from that writer. She talks about the ‘very last scene, last...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 12 Story Structure: Larry Brooks’ book Story Engineering covers in some detail all the elements of writing. He says that “neither a killer idea nor a Shakespearean flair for words will get you published without a...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 19 3. It is essential to explain why the number on a slide are important. Take the time to explain charts and graphs. The presenter shouldn’t expect the audience to automatically understand as much about his...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 22 Using the Beat Sheet or how to outline your novel effectively isn’t integral to the actual story. In other words, the reader won’t know if the writer is an outliner or a pantser. A pantser is a writer who just...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 25 your life. There were sections on maintaining balance between home, work, and writing if writing wasn’t yet a full time career. Classes could be taught on query letters and making a pitch to an agent, as well as...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 28 Slide 8—Core Competency #4—Story Structure There are 4 parts to Story Structure that fit into 4 boxes. Each box takes about 25% of the book. There are about 60 scenes per book divided by 4 Slide 9—Story...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 29 There are two rules for Box 4. Hero needs to be heroic—no one else can resolve the story or the author has failed the reader. Hero can perish, but must resolve the major elements of the story before he does Slide...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 42 Appendix Two Plotting by the Numbers Plotting Using Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet Plotting by the Numbers Blake Snyder, a screen writer divided a screen play into different beats. I’ve changed the numbers so that...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 43 upside down version, the antithesis. These worlds are so distinct that stepping into Act two must be definite. The hero must choose to leave the old world and step into the new one—he is being proactive. This...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 53 Appendix Three Your Suspense Toolbox Macro Suspense Suspense is what is going to happen next to your lead character and does it mean death to the hero. Each scene must end with suspense to keep the reader turning...
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    • Writing--Education; Composition (Language arts); College preparation programs; Education, Secondary
    • 27 When students develop a sense of self-efficacy in their writing, they will be able to make a distinct connection between practice and ultimate writing achievement—if they work hard, they will achieve successful academic writing outcomes....
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    • Writing--Education; Composition (Language arts); College preparation programs; Education, Secondary
    • 30 students on how to review a peer’s paper, but who combine that instruction with handouts, role play, and modeling strategies will help students think below the surface of proofreading and realize that writing involves a much more involved...
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    • Writing--Education; Composition (Language arts); College preparation programs; Education, Secondary
    • 60 correct them”; “It builds me with a lot of peer help and teacher help”; “It helps me find mistakes in my writing”; “It helps me organize my ideas”; “I can revise my papers by myself, and I don’t make as much mistakes as before”; “It help[s] me...

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