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THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR'S DESK: The Vital Ingredient, by Dawn Copeman 
CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION, How to Get - and Take - Critiques, 
by Victoria Grossack 
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURE: How to Write a Travel Memoir, by Aditi Bose  
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The Vital Ingredient
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Imagine, for a moment, you are talking with a new writer.  A brand
new, would-be writer who is coming to you for advice.  What advice
would you give them?  Where would you start? 

Whenever we think about the skills you need to develop to become a
successful writer we usually start with the basics: 
 
-        the importance of good spelling and grammar 
-        how to approach an old topic with a new slant 
-        how to research new topics 
-        the importance of fact-checking
-        the importance of structure: article structure, paragraph
structure and sentence structure
-        how to write headers, hooks and endings
-        the importance of proofreading and editing
-        how to find markets 
-        how to approach markets etc.

Then, somewhere along the way we'll also mention the importance,
no, the necessity of developing a thick skin so as to handle all
the rejections that will come a writer's way. 

We'll then get side-tracked to talk about how to fit writing into
an already busy life and how to set goals to keep your writing on
track.  I'm not belittling any of this; this is all solid and
useful advice.  But somewhere along the way we forget to mention a
skill that is so vital that without it we cannot function as
writers. 

What is this missing ingredient?  It is self-belief. 

Self-belief is an issue for many writers.  Writers are their own
worst critics.  It sometimes seems to me that as soon as you
declare yourself a writer you sign up somewhere to have an extra
dollop of self-criticism dropped into your consciousness.  

As I mentioned last month, experienced, successful writers still
often feel that they 'aren't good enough'.  So imagine how much
worse it is when this lack of self-belief hits you before you've
published anything. 

This came to me when I had lunch with a friend recently.  She is
just starting out as writer.  She's written lots of stuff but has
not submitted anything yet.  She told me that she wants to submit
her stories for publication but gets put off by all the 'rules'
she's read in writing magazines.  How agents won't want this. Why
'these' stories won't sell.  How difficult it is to get a gig at a
magazine when you're starting out.  

She feels fazed by the writing world, unsure of herself and, quite
frankly, scared to enter it. I understood how she felt.  I'm sure
most of you do; we've been there, done that and got the t-shirt. 

I told her that some so-called 'rules' are actually guidelines to
help people to publishing success, but, I added, you don't have to
follow them.  Nobody wanted magic stories until J.K. Rowling came
along.  Then vampires were a 'dead' (or should that be 'undead')
market, until Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Meyer made them
popular.  I said that unknown writers do, occasionally, make first
sales to glossy magazines.  It's rare but it can happen. 

But most of all I told her the secret fact that we writers hide
away from the world.  We all think we're no good.  But we have to
build up our self-belief. We have to work past it, silence our huge
inner critic and get on with writing.   

She asked me how.  I told her that you just have to work through
it.  Keep going.  Pointedly ignore your critic and only let it out
to play when it's editing time - but even then, keep it on a leash.
 

You need to believe in yourself as a writer.  Don't automatically
think you're going to be the next Pulitzer winner, but recognize
what's good and be gentle on yourself as you improve your weak
spots. 

Now I don't know if she felt any better about her writing after her
chat, but I noticed I felt better about mine.  

I think of all the skills we think of when we talk of what you need
to learn to be a writer, or to develop as a writer, self-belief is
the one we neglect the most and at our own peril. 

So be kind to yourself this month.  Yes, we can all improve, but
don't let your inner critic over-rule your self-belief. 

-- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor

This article may not be reprinted or posted without the written
permission of the author.

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COLUMN: CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION:  
How to Get - and Take - Criticism, by Victoria Grossack 

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One of the best ways to improve your writing in general and your
work in particular is to apply the criticism of others. But where
do you go to get such a critique? And how do you take it? Having
your work critiqued can be occasionally painful; how do you deal
with negative reactions? 

Finding People to Critique Your Work 
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If all you want to hear is praise about your work, then you should
turn to friends and family who never say a bad word to your face.
This will prevent your ego from being damaged. However, if you want
to improve your writing, you have to find people who are both
willing to look at your work and who are competent at writing, or
at least at analyzing what they read. 

Where do you find such people? If they are not in your close circle
of acquaintance, then you will have to step outside that circle. In
many ways, it is good to step outside your normal circle of friends
for literary criticism, because relationships can be strained by
writing critiques. Your friends may provide you with great,
right-to-the-heart-of-the-matter comments that help you improve
your story by tall bounds. But you may write so terribly that your
friends don't know what to say and feel imposed upon by the
request. Or you may write so well that you make your friends
jealous. Finally, some of your friends may be willing to critique
your work, but simply lack the expertise and experience. Over the
years I have encountered all four reactions. 

These are all reasons for turning to relative strangers for
critique. There are many ways to do this. Some of them are free;
others cost money. There may be writing groups that meet in your
area. These can be great; face-to-face meetings with other writers
can inspire you and give you a shot of creative-laden energy. They
can also be timewasters, spiraling down into social meetings --
pleasant, perhaps, but not useful. The problem with these meetings
is that they are constrained by time and space: whoever in the
surrounding area can get to the library every other Tuesday, for
example. 

Another possibility is an online critique group. If you search on
the internet you may find one that suits your specialty.
 
Some alternatives involve money but should not be dismissed because
of this. You may take a class or a seminar, either in person or
on-line. Another possibility is to hire someone to look at your
work individually. Some people may scorn the idea of going to "book
doctors," because they feel that they should not have to pay in
order to learn to write. Perhaps these people can't afford the
money, but I don't see why a service, if it offers you value and
insight, should not be paid for. Another reason people are leery of
paying for help is because they are afraid of getting ripped off,
which of course is always a possibility. So if you are considering
this, you should always check references.
 
People who give you criticism are often known as "critters." I'll
be using this word occasionally in the rest of the article. 

What to Give Them 
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Say you have found someone or some people you want to look at your
writing. What should you give them? Unless you already have a
working relationship with these people, please consider the
following two suggestions: 

1. START WITH A SAMPLE. Unless you are paying someone to read
thousands of your words, then don't begin by saying, "Could you
give me a critique of my 80,000-word novel?" This sort of request
strikes terror into a busy person. Instead, ask your potential
critter to read and comment on a few paragraphs or pages. In fact,
this is a pretty good thing to do with a book doctor, too -- this
way you can test your potential hire. 

2. GIVE THEM YOUR VERY BEST. Don't think that poor grammar and
typos are excusable, simply because you are not sending your work
to an agent or an editor. Wait until you have finished your piece
and re-read it several times before passing it along. Not giving
critters your best is actually insulting because you're wasting
their time; you are telling them that they do not merit your very
best. If you give critters a piece full of obvious mistakes, then
you may ruin your chances with getting a good critique of the
story. In addition, they may be reluctant to look at anything else. 

Not giving critters your very best wastes your time, too. How?
Well, good critters should be used to help you find the problems
that you can't find on your own. If all they do is point out the
problems that you already knew were there, then how have they
helped you? 

How to Take Criticism 
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Receiving praise is easy. All you have to do is smile and say thank
you. But what should you do when the response is less than
flattering? 

You may not be able to smile, but you should still say thank you.
Someone has taken the trouble to offer you an opinion. Unless you
have half-a-dozen qualified opinions to the contrary, you should
listen. 

Still, what if it hurts? You may be offering your masterpiece, your
child, your very soul in this story -- the slightest criticism can
sting. What do you do? 

I'll start by saying what you should NOT do: do not reply hastily
and negatively, especially with insults. Tell them that you
appreciate their taking the time to tell you what they think. Even
if you know they have made a mistake -- for example, if they have
claimed that Benjamin Franklin never went to France, when you know
that the opposite is true -- point out this difference of opinion
politely. 

The most difficult chore is dealing with the possibility that what
you wrote has genuine flaws. What do you do? Here are some
suggestions: 

1. TAKE PRIDE IN THE FACT THAT YOU WROTE SOMETHING. Many people
dream of being writers; far fewer get around to actually writing
their stories. So by writing anything -- even if it is not great --
you have done a lot. The first big step is simply writing. The
second big step is learning to write well. 

2. DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM YOUR WRITING. One reason criticism of
your writing can hurt so much is because you see it as an extension
of yourself. Recognize that your writing is not you; try putting
your ego away and concentrate on making your work better. 

3. REMIND YOURSELF THAT OTHERS HAVE TAKEN A LONG TIME TO LEARN HOW
TO WRITE. Why it should be any different for you? Many people seem
to believe that because they know how to read, they also know how
to write. Perhaps you enjoy watching professional baseball -- you
understand all the rules, you know the statistics, and so on. Do
you think that just because you know how to watch baseball, you
could hit a homerun out of Yankee Stadium? Or consider professional
figure skating: when it's well done, it looks easy. But we all know
that these things are not easy. Why should writing be any
different? You have to do your exercises and learn the craft. 

4. TAKE THE CRITICISM AND APPLY IT. When you accept the criticism,
and apply it to your story, your work will get better. You will
also start gaining that necessary distance from your work so that
you can see -- and fix -- the flaws before others do. 

Give as Well as Take
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If you join a critique group, make sure you give critiques at least
as often as you receive them. There are several reasons for doing
so. First, it's simple courtesy. Second, when you give a thoughtful
critique of someone else's writing, you are much more likely to
receive a thoughtful critique in return. Third, as you give another
person a thoughtful critique, explaining what you did or did not
like about a particular paragraph, you will be simultaneously be
laying down the foundation for improving your own writing, as you
notice what does and does not work. 


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Victoria Grossack studied Creative Writing and English Literature
at Dartmouth College, and has published stories and articles in
publications such as Contingencies, Women's World and I Love Cats.
Victoria is co-author with Alice Underwood of the Tapestry of
Bronze series (Jocasta; Children of Tantalus; The Road to Thebes;
Arrow of Artemis), based on Greek myths and set in the late Bronze
Age. On her own she has written The Highbury Murders, in which she
did her best to channel the spirits and styles of Jane Austen and
Agatha Christie. Besides all this, Victoria is married with kids,
and (though American) spends much of her time in Europe. Her
hobbies include gardening, hiking, bird-watching and tutoring
mathematics. Visit her website at http://www.tapestryofbronze.com,
or contact her at tapestry (at) tapestryofbronze (dot) com.
Copyright 2013 Victoria Grossack. A version of this article
appeared in Fiction Fix.  
 
This article may not be reprinted or posted without the written
permission of the author.

Link to this article here:
http://www.writing-world.com/victoria/crafting29.shtml

For more information on critiques check out these articles: 
http://writing-world.com/basics/critique.shtml
http://writing-world.com/dawn/dawn09.shtml

Want to learn more about crafting fabulous fiction? Victoria now
offers one-on-one writing classes; find out more at: 
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of a new journal, The Letters Page, where he will publish letters
written by everyday people from all over the world.  For more on
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Vanity Fair Celebrates a Century in Print
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The centenary issue of Vanity Fair came out in September, but the
magazine officially celebrated its centenary today!  So happy 100th
birthday, Vanity Fair.  To celebrate the centenary the magazine has
launched an anniversary hub where you can access articles and
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National Poetry Day in the UK
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Not content with celebrating World Poetry Day in March, here in the
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Bizarre Stories Sought for Lunatics Lounge Anthology
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I'm currently looking for submissions/contributors for a
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chapters from the anthology have been/will be posted.

I'm looking for bizarre, weird, and shocking stories, but I'm ONLY
interested in TRUE, crazy stories, events that are too weird NOT to
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That said here are the guidelines for submission: Read 2 or 3 posts
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All submissions must be between 1,000-1,500 words - NO MORE than
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FEATURE: How to Write a Travel Memoir 
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By Aditi Bose 

A travel memoir, at its best, is one in which a writer recollects
not only his journey to a particular destination, but how that
place changed his life.  Such memoirs are stories about the
writer's inner self, his soul within the context of a distant
panorama.  They chronicle the journey of life -- sometimes funny,
sometimes heartbreaking.  But how, exactly, do you write one?  

1. Know the Reasons People Read Travel Memoirs
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THE AUTHOR'S EXPERIENCE

Readers want to know about the joys and anxieties, adventures and
periods of relaxation that the author faced during his journey. 
That does not mean one just talks about "first I did this, then I
did that," however.  One also needs to write about the feelings
experienced during that journey.        

During my journey to Haridwar, for example, I met a man who made
his livelihood by diving into the freezing waters of the Ganges to
collect coins thrown by pilgrims like me who were making a wish
upon the river.  I included him in my memoir because I could never
forget him: frail to the point of being skeletal, yet braving the
ice-melted waters for his family.  As I sat on the "ghat" watching
him and hearing my parents talking about how picking up "wish
coins" from the riverbed was unholy, all I saw was the hardships he
endured to produce a few morsels of food for his wife and children.
 Suddenly, my sadness over not having scored very well in my board
examinations seemed trivial and inconsequential!

THE PLACE

Readers read travel memoirs either because they are set in exotic
locales the readers have not visited, or because they describe a
place where the reader spent his childhood or went on holiday, and
would like to relive the experience.  It's all the better if the
memoir has stunning photographs to accompany the words.  For
example, consider the stunning photographs in Karen Chase's
"Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log (40 Years.  40 Days. 40 Seconds.)"

THE CULTURE

Authors can breathe life into their memoirs by vividly describing
the food, festivals, and locals -- and readers love reading about
it.  For example, the memoir "Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at
Large in the World," by Rita Golden Gelman, talks about how at the
age of 40, after a divorce, she hit the road and spent time living
among various all-but-forgotten tribes. "Some Girls: My Life in a
Harem," by Jillian Lauren, describes her (willing) experience in a
modern day "harem" in Brunei.

2. Read Travel Memoirs Written by Others
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Many travel memoirs are available on the market.  Before you start
writing your own, read them.  Read different authors, so that you
aren't subconsciously influenced by a single voice.  I also found
that reading fiction while writing my memoir helped keep my
creative juices flowing.

Two things that you should consider while reading other memoirs are:

* The structure and flow of the story
* What your unique approach/selling proposition would be if you
wrote on a similar topic

Some books you might consider are "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth
Gilbert; "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes; "Notes from a
Small Island" by Bill Bryson, etc. Other authors who have written
worthwhile travel memoirs include Doreen Orion, Mark Richardson,
Tom Coyne, Rosemary Mahoney, Paul Theroux, and Mary Morris. Before
I began my memoir, I read two Indian memoirs: "India: A Million
Mutinies Now," and "India in Mind."

3. Begin Writing
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The most difficult part of any sort of writing is to make a
beginning.  You might have wanted to write a travel memoir for
quite awhile.  Instead of forming the words and sentences in your
mind, start putting them on paper.  Only when you put pen to paper
will those thoughts that might have seemed garbled in your head
become clearer and reveal insights into what you may not have even
known you were feeling.

It is natural, if you are beginner at such memoirs, that you may
not even be aware of the message you want your memoir to reveal. 
As you keep writing and retrieving your memories and writing
anecdotes as they come to mind (even if they are not
chronological), you will notice that your stories begin weaving
themselves automatically into a meaningful script.  Only as you
write will you begin to find new meanings to the various incidents
you experienced -- and it is only when you realize and accept these
layers of meanings that you will know why a particular journey was
life-changing for you.

When I wrote a travel memoir for the first time, it was only after
I had written many pages that I realized what the theme would be. 
Once I figured that out, putting the rest of the memoir into a
smooth, flowing structure was not difficult.

4. Decide on a Message
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Ideally, a travel memoir should convey a message, and ideally, this
should be different from those that have been written in the past. 
This message might be about:

* An aspect of personal growth
* A heart-wrenching story that will gain reader sympathy
* An amusing incident
* The experience of a new culture through food, festivals, people,
architecture, etc.

To bring across your message clearly, a few things should be borne
in mind:

FOCUS

Sometimes, while writing, your mind may work faster than your pen. 
Thoughts might get garbled, and you may not express what you want
to say correctly.  One way to retain focus is to jot down your
thoughts on a piece of paper and make a brief outline of what you
want to say.  You could jot down a few words, phrases or sentences
that will remind you of the incident later when you are writing
your memoir.  You can also record what you want to say; often,
speaking aloud opens up a writing block.  This will also ensure
that you don't forget any sentiment during the writing process.

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE

Always keep in mind whom you are writing your memoir FOR.  Based on
your audience, you might want to use different styles of writing
and expression.  For example, for family, your style would be more
intimate and could include more regional and local words and
phrases, as well as very personal experiences, than if you were
writing for a public, national, or international audience.

SEEK HELP

If you are unable to recall all the details of an incident, ask
those who were with you during the journey.  Minor details count,
and you want to be as descriptive as possible -- for example, in
recalling conversations, surroundings, time of day, etc.

DISCONNECT THE INTERNET

While a search engine might help you find the name of the bird you
discovered during your journey to the Andes, leave that for later. 
During your initial draft, keep writing without getting distracted
by the Internet.  It's a huge research tool and very helpful -- but
it can distract you from expressing the main message you have in
mind.

5. Let the Flow Be Smooth
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A travel memoir need not be to exotic places or full of adventure
to be entertaining.  The key lies in how easily the author
interweaves the various layers of the story that make it a
bestseller.  

BEGIN BY WRITING FOR THOSE YOU KNOW

So you want to tell the world how you came to understand the
meaning of life as you trekked breathlessly through snow-clad
mountains, or how you managed to make your marriage work after the
both of you decided to go globe-trotting without baggage.  But
before you begin to tell the world, start writing for those who
know you and are close to you.  It's a simple trick to keep your
writing smooth and natural.

MAKE IT SOUND FICTIONAL

Even if your memoir is a true story, let it read like fiction. 
Give it tension, conflict, and a solution.  Like fiction, let it be
witty, conversational and engaging.  

Although the memoir is your story, readers want to know more about
how you untangled the knots within yourself than about the vines in
the vineyard.  Have the courage to look deep within yourself -- and
so challenge the thoughts of those who travel with you through
those pages.

KEEP IT HUMBLE

While writing a travel memoir, it helps to maintain a humble tone,
to be able to make fun of yourself.  This will help you remain a
"real person" within your own pages; readers will connect more
easily than if you become preachy, arrogant, or sound like a
know-it-all.

READ ALOUD

Once you have written the greater part of your memoir, read it
aloud.  This is one of the best ways to judge its flow.

KNOW HOW MUCH TO REVEAL

Often during a journey, as you talk to people, you will come across
stories that are very personal to them.  Although these may have
touched your emotions, and though as an author you may be willing
to bare it all, remember to consider whether it would be ethically
correct to reveal others' personal stories to the world, even if
you change their names.  

FIND YOUR SPECIAL HOUR

It is not possible to write at all hours of the day.  Discover the
time of day when you feel that your writing flows the most
smoothly, and the distractions are fewest.

6. Factors to Include
---------------------
Now that you know what message your memoir will convey and you've
begun writing, it's time to consider what factors in your travel
experience that you should write about.

NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES

Don't forget to include negative experiences as well as positive
ones.  Even if they caused you bitterness and pain, include them,
because a memoir needs to be truthful.

PLACE
Talk about the place that you visited.  However, don't restrict
yourself to just describing minute details.  Interweave the
description of the place with your emotions.  For example, a mere
description of your visit to a castle in Ireland might not be that
interesting -- but your thoughts while you stepped into a structure
of a bygone era would make your writing more attractive.

YOUR COMPANIONS

Your readers will want to know if you want on that road trip alone,
or if friends or family accompanied you.  So tell them!  And don't
forget to explain why you chose that person to accompany you on
this life-changing journey.

OTHER PEOPLE

People form a very important part of a memoir.  They add life to
the story and personality to the journey.  For example, talk about
the waitress at the restaurant or the locals walking up the
mountain road.  It's even better if you've spoken with them, for it
is usually the lifestyle and hardships of such people that form the
beginning of our "changed thinking."

MODE OF TRAVEL

Talk about HOW you travelled: by car, bike, train, or on foot. 
This always adds a new perspective to the story -- for example, how
your bike collapsed in the middle of nowhere and you still had
miles to cover, or how your shoes got stuck in the mud when you
were trekking through swampy jungles.  Describing your "once in a
lifetime" limousine ride that your husband arranged to celebrate
your anniversary is also worth mentioning.  Such descriptions will
help readers feel more connected with you as they travel on your
life's journey.

7. Test the Waters
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So your family and friends have read your story and applauded it. 
Now you want to share it with outsiders.  As an amateur, however,
it's best not to begin with a book.  Instead, share your memoir and
gather feedback in other ways:

* On your blog.  This will help you get into the habit of writing
regularly and also help you become open to receiving feedback, both
positive and negative.  It will help you see whether your stories
are resonating with an audience.

* On travel memoir writers' groups on various social networking
sites.  Write small pieces for various sites that pay, such as
BootsnAll, Matador Network, Travel Thru History, etc.  Such feature
stories, if accepted, will aid you when you finally decide to pitch
a book to a publisher.  They will also help you improve your
writing.

* Through memoir-writing contests on sites like Memoir Journal.

I hope these tips help you as you begin to write your own travel
memoir.  Don't feel scared.  Just begin writing, and share your
journey with the world.  We all love to read about life-altering
journeys!

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Aditi Bose, an Economics graduate and an MBA in marketing, has over
8 years' of experience in the research and talent search industry.
Currently she freelances with a number of Indian and U.S. websites
and specializes in articles related to parenting, food and travel.
Her work has appeared on sites like Indusladies,Rediff Getahead and
Bootsnall.

Link to this article here: 
http://www.writing-world.com/travel/memoir.shtml
 
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once. You can choose to create a new account at LitLift, or simply
sign in with your Twitter or Facebook account.  

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Copyright Aline Lechaye 2013

Aline Lechaye is a translator, writer, and writing tutor who
resides in Asia. She can be reached at alinelechaye at gmail.com

This article may not be reprinted without the written permission 
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