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What the Wind Picked Up: Proof that a Single Idea Can Launch a Thousand Stories Paperback – February 7, 2005
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What the Wind Picked Up contains delightful stories from your favorite Christian novelists, including James Scott Bell, Mindy Starnes Clark, Angela Elwell Hunt, Nancy Moser, and Robert Whitlow. As an added bonus, the members of ChiLibris share their most valuable lessons about the writing life.As you enjoy these vastly differing variations on a theme, relax about your own marvelous ideas and concentrate instead on writing the very best novel you can. Because what readers want isn?t so much an idea that?s never been done before, but the story told with your style, your wit, and your voice.
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The result? Stories that start with the same sentence, end with the required sentence, and showcase the talents and imaginations of the twenty-two authors who contributed to this book. While the stories share the same five required elements, the similarities end there. The settings range from an animal shelter, to Europe, the Philippines and various places in the US, past and present. Some, like Stephen Bly's Reinventing Love are humorous, while stories such as Nancy Moser's Where Is Thy Sting, deal with love and grief. Some of the genres covered are: fantasy, romance, humor, suspense, and mystery.
What the Wind Picked Up puts to rest the fear that someone will steal an idea. Even when given five common elements, two of them required in specific places, the stories that result are unique. Lesson? No one can really steal an idea, for we all think, and write, differently.
An added bonus is the Writing Advice section of the book. The last nineteen pages contain writing advice from the authors of ChiLibris. The authors are also donating the royalties of the book to Samaritan's Purse.
What the Wind Picked Up is a good collection of short stories and advice by some of the best Christian writers today.
Each author has picked up the original theme and taken into a completely different direction according to his or her talents and direction as writers.
This is truly an enjoyable book of short stories!