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Mosiah 27: The Repentance of Alma the Younger - Milestones

Another classic narrative from the Book of Mormon. Again, two versions, both deversed, the first beginning at Mosiah 27:8, the second beginning at Mosiah 27:1. In the second version, the inciting incident is a little sloshy, coming six lines late, but the rest of the milestones are about spot on and make good sense.

BoM005 1 Nephi 3-4: Nephi ben Lehi and the Plates of Brass - Milestones

I offer two versions. The first is based on 1 Nephi 3-4 as copied and pasted directly from http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne?lang=eng to an MS Word document. The second is the same excerpt "deversed" (verse numbers retained, but paragraph breaks between verses removed). The only differences are Pinch 2 and Plot Turn 2. Once again, narrative structure is evident.

About 4: Would-Be Classic Makes Cut but Loses Contest and Withdraws to Work on Character

Like any self-respecting author, I have my doubts. I mean, who do I think I am, presuming to put words in people's minds, words that will shape worlds, grow personalities and rend the bounds of understanding? I mean, really? And in those dark fits of doubt, I think the world might be better off without my lame graffiti. We've struggled through this long without it. The sun won't die a day sooner if I never put pen to paper again, if I never print a single piece in a prestigious rag, if my far-future space western never gets read by anybody I'm not connected to by blood or Facebook.

About 3: Child-Rearing, Body-Building Language Teacher Takes Scalpel to Hapless Narratives

Child rearing, body building, language teaching and storytelling are four things I think about a lot. No doubt some of my students wish I thought more about fashion, sports and computer games, but there's no help for it. Those three things just don't grab my fancy--except as subjects for fiction. Hmm. These days, I love to blather on about the making and telling of stories. What makes a story good? What makes a narrative work? What do successful stories have in common?

About 2: Narrative Obsession Leads to Triplets

Just under a half decade shy of three decades ago, when I was studying Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin and Attic Greek at the University of Alberta, one of my roommates, a counselor in the bishopric of the student ward I attended, asked me to give a sacrament talk on the importance of studying languages and history. Later on the Sunday of the talk, in ward council, which I attended as ward activities chairman, the bishop, chairman of the Faculty of Education, admitted that was a pretty big topic for a ten- to fifteen-minute sermon.

About 1: Well-Developed Muse Seeks Stable and Mutually Rewarding Relationship with Craft

Oh, about a year ago, I decided it was time to get on the stick and fix all the problems with my story writing. I'd been writing fiction since kindergarten and I'd learned a lot by doing, but I felt that the time had come to learn by understanding. Late bloomer.

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