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99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style Paperback – October 25, 2005
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a comic-book-reader. It is not that I don't appreciate
the art form, I simply never really think about comics
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I picked it off the shelf without looking inside, I
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This book would be excellent for people whose job includes
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One of the intriguing bonuses is learning a lot of new
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As a creative person, it opens up all sorts of different
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Did this loosen me up and make me more creative? Am I now ready to write the great American novel? Well, not yet. But it has gotten me thinking about new approaches to plotting and characterization, and I think that's the whole point. Thanks, Matt!