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“One Cool Way to Get Yourself Out There” By Tom Leveen

“The day Joe Pipkin was born all the Orange Crush and Nehi soda bottles in the world fizzed over…”~ Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

This is one of those sentences I wish I’d written. It says it all, so effortlessly and completely. We know in an instant the kind of boy Bradbury is talking about. For as purple as Bradbury got once in awhile, his poetic take on language was not easily matched by any other author, then or now.

While Bradbury was known to the outside world principally as a science fiction writer—most folks probably know his name from …

Halloween Haunts: Be A Better Writer With JAWS by Tom Leveen

Halloween Haunts: Be A Better Writer With JAWS by Tom Leveen

jaws_posterLet’s assume for the moment that Jaws is, in fact, a horror movie. Cool, thanks.

Now: So what aspect of thFather of the Summer Blockbuster might we study for writing tips?

There are many to choose from in this A+ of a film, but I’m choosing two that probably slipped by unnoticed: One set of three lines, and character backstory.

Police Chief Martin Brody, father of two boys and happily married to Ellen, came to Amity from New York City where he was a police officer. A dangerous job, to be sure. Almost from the beginning, the family …

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