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The bones of a book

Yesterday, my family and I took a trip out to Camp Woodbrooke to see what needed to be done to get the camp ready for the summer. To stop my son's complaining, we had him document the trip with the camera, and the photos are all his.

I had never been out there at this time of year, before the trees leafed out, and I was impressed by the shapes of the trees. Without leaves, it's easier to see the structure of each tree, its bones.

Not that kind of bones, although we did see those, and an animal's bones also determine its overall structure. This was a fox, we think.

I think a tree's bones are more like the bones of a book. After all, it starts from a single seed, and grows in one direction, up. But there are many different ways for a tree to grow.

Does your book have a strong central narrative line?

Or is the plot a little more convoluted?

Are there some logical flaws?

Or maybe there were some obstacles to get  around in the backstory.

Are you really sure you know where the story is going?

Is your book the kind kids will want to climb and hang out in?

My WIP is just beginning to leaf out, and I'm eager to see how it grows, so maybe I'd better get back to it.

I'm just full of metaphors today. Happy reading!


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Apr. 13th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks. He has a great eye for composition.
Apr. 18th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
E. took these? Wow. I've been itching to get out to Woodbrooke, planning to go on some of the May dates.
Apr. 27th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Re: photos
Please do. We had a bit of a setback with the rain, so we need all the help we can get.
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Jacqueline Houtman
I'm a freelance science writer based in Madison, WI. I also write sciency fiction for kids. My award-winning debut novel, THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS, was published by Front Street/Boyds Mills Press in March 2010.

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