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I'm going to write a book on horses, but I don't know how many character I should bring in. I don't want to many, but then again, I don't want so little, that it's not interesting. Could you give me some advice?
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Hello Taylor,

Is this to be a non-fiction work?  If so, I don't think that the number of horses you write about is important.

More important is that you write well and do your research thoroughly. Edit carefully so that your grammar, sentence and paragraph structure are correct.

By the way, how old are you? What grade in school?

Best wishes,
Dorothy






Dear Ms. Dorothy,
      No, I'm sorry, I am writing a fiction book. I did not specify that, or that I have human characters. I have a plot, which is that the girl's horse dies in the beginning, she gets another, and it is injured the same way, but lives. They must save it...blah blah.. I haven't figured out the rest yet. But, I wondered how many characters like humans I should bring in. I hope you can answer this question.

I am 13, and in the 7th grade.

Taylor
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Hello Taylor,

My advice is that you do not worry about how many characters. Begin to write the story and, believe me, when a character is necessary he or she will show up in your mind.  The character will also tell you who he or she is and will help you to create the story. Trust this.  As you write creatively, do not think about correct grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, or anything that could interfere with the creative flow.  When the story is finished you can do your editing, adding and deleting, rearranging, and all the work to make it a polished story.

If you don't understand this, let me know and I'll try to explain it more clearly.  In any case, keep me posted on your progress?
Happy writing,
Dorothy




Dear Mrs. Dorothy,
       I thank you for that advice. It sounds helpful, and as soon as I have the time to write more in my book, I'll use it.
       Thank you for being interested in my book. It is hard to ask my friends or family what they think, because they only want to please me....but someone who write professionally will be more helpful. I'll keep you post as well as I can.

    Taylor

Oh, and happy New Year

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Hi Taylor,

I would love to read your first complete rough draft. Don't mind the errors. I will only read for story line.

I also train horses and have two four year old mares now. I school them in dressage and jumping for my daughter to ride in competitions.  I have done this for over 35 years.

Happy New Year to you,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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