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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (February 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595341136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595341139
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,708,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cheryl Russell VINE VOICE on May 22, 2005
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New writers have many fears. One of those fears is someone stealing a writing idea. The novelists of ChiLibris, a group of multi-published Christian authors, wrote What the Wind Picked Up, to put that fear to rest. All the stories in this book contain the following five elements: the first line-"The wind was picking up", the last line-"So that's exactly what she did", a case of mistaken identity, pursuit at a noted landmark, and an unusual form of transportation.

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.
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What the Wind Picked Up is a fun book. It proves to beginning writers an ideas is not unique until it is fleshed out with your own voice and set of interesting characters. Twenty fabulous authors got together with a single idea and wrote twenty wonderful tales. If they had not all been in one book with the stated purpose, no one would know the central idea was the same. The book contrains historical to modern to fantasy -- suspense, to humor to romance, and everything in between and is a delight to read--even if you are not a writer.
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Isn't it great how one idea can blossom into so many different areas.

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!
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Being personally acquainted with one of the authors, I had a special incentive to purchase the book. However I discovered that a single idea can indeed spawn a multitude of diverse short stories, some with happy endings, some with endings that made my skin crawl. Altogether, an excellent reading experience!
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I heard about this book at a writer's conference and thought I might be able to use this idea with students. The premise of the book is that new writers should not fear others "stealing" their ideas. In order to show that it is the writer's voice that makes the difference, published authors were given the task of crafting stories in different genres that had to include certain elements. They all must start with the words "The wind was picking up," must have a case of mistaken identity, must have someone or something in pursuit in front of a national monument, must include an unusual form of transportation, and must end with the line ,"And that's exactly what she did." Some of the stories were clever and made me smile.
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