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I don't know how your story starts, but here's what I came up with based off of what you've said so far: Where does she get this idea of a "guardian angel"? Is her family religious? Does she see one in a stained glass window at some church? Does she read books about angels as she grows up (mythology standpoint)? How does she define what an angel is? How ...


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I've witnessed many writers and musicians being coy about what a song, story, or poem means because they don't want to dismiss any special meaning that the reader or listener might have attributed to the piece. If your novel becomes a classic, then scholars and Cliffs notes will make your point for you. I say, why not be clear instead of coy? If you're ...


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I think that we should take the readers' expectations into account when writing a short story. Giving your story an exotic title makes me expect something overly sophisticated (I know, I tend to fold quickly. Just puff out your literary chest a little, and I'll walk out of the bar rather than draw my six-shooter). I think your story's title should be ...


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I think you should heed Eco and let your story go. Stories are like children: they don't live their lives for you. If you force them to make you happy, you destroy their spirit. If this were my story, I would chose "I could hear someone sobbing softly" as its title.



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