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Dorothy K Morris

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Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience in the area

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications

NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials

Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors

Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

What do you like about this subject?

I like to help people find the courage to write and to discover their talent. There are many stories that go unwritten because people do not know that their first effort does not have to be a finished product. Knowing this seems to break the dam in their minds.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I want to encourage people to develope their ideas into finished products of creative writing and to foster the art of story telling and fiction writing. There are several more stories in my head waiting to find their existance on the printed page.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

It is not necessary for the first draft of a piece of creative writing to be perfect. The re-writing process is where we attempt to perfect our work. After at least ten rewrites, we may be approaching our dreamed-of result. Then, when you think it is perfect, READ IT OUT LOUD.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

It is often believed that formal training in creative writing is the only route to writing a good book. Not so. Intelligence, diligence, patience and a willingness to learn, combined with natural creativity is much more important. A bit of courage helps also.


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Recent Answers from Dorothy K Morris

2012-11-06 real names in a fictional book:

Hello Gerald,    I am not a legal expert. I am an adviser on creative writing; however, in my opinion you will be opening yourself up to law suits not only from the Native American tribe, but the business

2012-04-18 Character Help:

Hi Greg,    You will have to decide if your young man is brave or not.  If he continues to allow "certain events" to prevent him from doing what he should, then he will have consequences.  Perhaps that

2012-04-18 Character Help:

Hello, Greg,    Be honest.  It is that simple.  Don't worry about going over the top.  Your character is neither perfect nor should he be.  He is human with good and evil, right and wrong in his choices

2012-01-22 fiction writing and potential legal issues:

Hello Steven,    Yes.  There are legal issues.  Fictionalize everything to be safe if you have to use a brand name.  When you see brand containers in movies, the producers have acquired permission to use

2011-08-31 Fiction writing:

Hello Alia,    The answer to your question is simple. Before anyone but me reads what I have written, I re-write, proof, re-write, proof, over and over again until it is as nearly perfect as I can get

 

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