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In this issue... Completing Your Fiction Story


Completing Your Fiction Story

By Bruce L. Cook

When you write interweaving stories within a fiction story, there comes a time to bring the strands together. .... (continued below)


Completing Your Fiction Story

When you write interweaving stories within a fiction story, there comes a time to bring the strands together.

This is the point of confusion. As much as you are now driving the plot home, the interleaving strands can become troublesome.

This time, often when the white heat of creativity is fully upon you, unexpected mounds of confusion can arise. After all, during story development, you probably planned for an outcome. But now, when resolution time comes, the story reaches a crucial point – often called “The Conclusion.”

Here the writer fulfills dreams of some characters even as it becomes necessary to deny the dreams of other characters.

Now the writer feels like a judge or physician, for these decisions are final. The writer has fallen in love with all characters by now. Story decisions at this time determine the future of each character.

In these times. try to separate your presuppositions. Think now of characters as though they are acting in a silent film. Whatever they do will become a natural outgrowth of the story. Let this happen. Whatever the outcome, just remember that what is happening is a natural outcome of whatever has come before.

Perhaps your conclusion will surprise even you.

Cover of book - Theories Ethnic ViolenceFundamental Theories of Ethnic Conflict, by Muli wa Kyendo (ed.)


This book develops and expands on theories that aim at explaining the root causes of ethnic and racial conflicts. The aim is to shift focus from research, policies and strategies based on tackling the effects of ethnic and racial conflicts, which have so far been ineffective as evidenced by the increase in ethnic conflicts, to more fundamental ideas, models and strategies. Contents extend across many disciplines including evolution, biology, religion, communication, mythology and even introspective perspectives.around the world.

Drawn from around the world, contributors to the book are respected and experienced award winning authors, scholars and thinkers with deep understanding of their special fields of contribution. The book was inspired by the conditions in Kenya, where ethnic violence flared up with terrifying consequences following a disputed election in 2008. Although the conflict was resolved by the intervention of the international community, Kenyans – like many other Africans - continue to live in fear of ethnic conflicts breaking out with more disastrous consequences. The book will be useful to policy makers, NGOs and others involved in promoting peace. It will also be useful in guiding research and as a text book in universities and colleges.

Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age, Bruce L. Cook (ed.)


Violent behavior has become deeply integrated into modern society and it is an unavoidable aspect of human nature. Examining peacemaking strategies through a critical and academic perspective can assist in resolving violence in societies around the world.

The Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age is a pivotal reference source for the latest research findings on the utilization of peacemaking in media, leadership, and religion. Featuring extensive coverage on relevant areas such as human rights, spirituality, and the Summer of Peace, this publication is an ideal resource for policymakers, universities and colleges, graduate-level students, and organizations seeking current research on the application of conflict resolution and international negotiation.


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Publishing New Writers,

September, 2020 (vol. 21, no. 9)


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