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THE STAGES OF A WRITER PART 1

DAYDREAMING
A STORY IS BEING BORN

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ENVISIONING THE CHARACTERS

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OUTLINING

FIGURING OUT A PLOT

THE BEGINNING

Writing

THE MIDDLE

WRITERS BLOCK

THE END

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And The Winner Is…

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Thank you to everyone who came by and offered their congratulations and left a comment on my blog. Today is the official release day of Chicken Soup for The Soul Miraculous Messages from Heaven.
It coincides perfectly with my announcement of the winner of the book.
Congratulations Lesley, you have won a copy of the book.

I hope you enjoy my story King Kong along with the other one hundred inspirational stories.

Check back soon for new posts, giveaways and author interviews.

xooxoxooxo

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Who Wants Chicken Soup? Blog Giveaway

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Today, is a good day. I just received my copies of the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul book -Miraculous Messages from Heaven. I am honored to have a story about my father published among the pages. My father left this world June 8th 2008. I feared his death ever since I was a little girl. I can recall many nights where I crawled onto his lap and started to cry. “Mar, why are you crying?” He would ask. “I don’t want you to die,” I replied. Back then he knew or at least thought that death was a ways off. But, I grew up, he grew old and death came knocking at his door. My father and I talked about death many times on his swing in the backyard. He told me he was excited to see his parents and siblings once he crossed over but it saddened him to know he wouldn’t see his grandchildren anymore.
I feared that I would lose my sanity once he was no longer a part of my every day. I shared my fears with him. I told him, I may seek to find him again through a person with a gift. He laughed and assured me that if he could come through he would. On September 15, 2008 he stayed true to his promise and connected with me and my three sisters when we attended a reading at The Kirby Center with world-renowned Lisa Williams. It was a life changing moment that will stay with me until the day I die.
When I stumbled upon a call for submissions for Chicken Soup for the Soul regarding miraculous messages, I knew I had to submit my story. I sent it and didn’t hear anything so assumed they didn’t accept the story, that was four years ago. A few months ago, I was driving home from work thinking about my writing career when I decided to pray to my dad for help. I prayed that he’d help put me on the map of the writing world. That very day I received a comment on my old blog from D’ette Corona saying she was looking for the Maribeth Graham who submitted a story to Chicken Soup for the Soul. I was speechless! He heard me again.
I believe life is full of small miracles. Open your eyes to the symbolism all around you and you may discover magic.
Today, I’m giving away a copy of the book where you can read my story. Have you ever received a miraculous message from Heaven?
Anyone who comments on this post will be entered to win a free copy of the book.

UPDATE******* I’M LEAVING THE COMMENTS OPENED UNTIL SUNDAY. I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER ON MONDAY!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED 🙂

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