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Story Consultant/Editor/Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan celebrating brilliant story-tellers.

All three writers transport Reader to another place another time masterfully: Carol Sheldon (Mother Lode the novel); Mary Jo McConahay (Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest the memoir); and Woody Allen ( Midnight in Paris the screenplay).

How these Authors pull Reader into their story worlds:

Carol Sheldon puts Protagonist Jorie in a blizzard, with no town lights in sight, and it’s almost impossible to steer a steady course with the buggy. . . . One wrong move and the gelding could slip into a ditch . . . .  I need to get to the sheriff’s.  I need to get there soon  . . . .

By the way, Carol Sheldon will be at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA on Sunday March 18, 2012 at noon!  http://carolsheldon.wordpress.com/ Yours truly Writing Coach Teresa gets to interview Carol on stage at this event!

And, Carol Sheldon will be performing her 15-minute play Three Old Ladies Talk About Sex for Fringe of Marin Festival of New Bay Area One-Act Plays and Solos at Dominican University Campus in Meadowlands Assembly Hall (San Rafael, CA). Carol is in Program I.   Five dates in April 2012 to choose from.    http://www.fringeofmarin.com/performanceschedule.html

 

Mother Lode by Carol Sheldon page 1

 

Mary Jo McConahay hooks in prologue with:   . . .  I never imagined someday my dream clothes would be loose khaki pants, my dream shoes canvas boots.  But something happened when I hit my twenties.  Visiting Mexico City . . .  I saw an exhibit about the Lacandon Maya Indians . . . The year was 1973 . . . .

Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest by Mary Jo McConahay

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Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen - movie opens with over 3 minutes of visuals and music only (no human voices)

Woody Allen dedicated over 3 minutes of visuals and music only (no human voices) to show us his story-world –  Paris in day light; Paris in rain light; Paris in night light; the music evokes a sense of longing.

Protagonist Gil’s first words:  “This … is unbelievable!  There is no city like this in the world.”

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To each one of my clients — past, present, future:

Please review your manuscript. Hook Reader with story-world and what your protagonist wants.

Cheering for you and all writers and readers!

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Coach Teresa says: “Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!”

http://writingcoachteresa.com

As editor/story consultant, Coach Teresa helps her clients polish their manuscripts by identifying their themes, universal archetypes, front-story and back-story.

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