Monday, June 6, 2011

Fact or Fiction

After deciding to write Mary's story, I created a timeline of her life, incorporating the births and deaths of all the extended family members during her life span.  I then added the dates and locations of major events that she would have been impacted by.  This list became the backbone of the novel.  I created another list of Mary's life events that we had family stories about.  I started with those and wrote down what I had heard from my dad and cousins.  Those parts are facts.  I then pondered about what other events would have been important in Mary's life.  I researched books and interviewed people to discover what would have happened and wrote about it.  Those parts are fiction.  Can you guess which parts are which?

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