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Remember conflict: Editor's Notes #325
November 11, 2020

God’s love is too great to be confined to any one side of a conflict or to any one religion.
—Desmond Tutu

In this issue:

1. Remembering conflict
2. Tickled my funny bone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt
5. My Covid-19 offer to you

1.Remembering conflict
Around the world today there are ceremonies for remembering those involved in conflict, particularly, but not only, our World Wars. In Canada, we call this day Remembrance Day.

Wars are not the only conflicts in our world. There are conflicts in our daily lives, some critical, others not worth mentioning or remembering.

Story-tellers use conflicts. Most stories are based on conflicts and their resolutions.

Today I challenge you to think deeply about the conflicts in your stories. What causes them? How do not only the hero and anti-hero, but also all the other characters react to the conflict? What can your story say about conflict in general? What lessons do you want your reader to take away as the conflict is resolved?

Remember conflict in your own life and use it to inform your investigation of conflict in general. How do you handle conflict? What have you learned through conflict? How can you show your wisdom about conflict in your stories?

All those who experience conflict are marked by it in some way. Some even die from it. Others are changed forever, some for good, some not.

The more empathy you have for your characters, the more you can honour them as you write them through the conflicts in their lives.

2.Tickled my funny bone
A Covid joke: Finland just closed their borders. No one will be crossing the finish line.

3. Interesting Web site
What nine letter English word is still a word each time one letter is removed until there is only one letter left? This video demonstrates the answer.

4. Writing prompt
Write two or three paragraphs that show conflict involving a common household item.

5. My Covid-19 offer to you
One of your memories of this time of Covid-19 could be that you completed a writing project. If so, you are ready to take advantage of my Covid-19 offer of editing to you.

What follows is a copy and paste from issue number 309. It’s still in force for you and anyone you choose to tell about it.

Along with the health threat hanging over the world, we are facing a huge financial hit. I’ve decided one thing I can do is to make quality editing less expensive during this trying time.

For subscribers to Editor’s Notes and their friends, I am suspending the fee for the sample edit to anyone using the code EN19 until I cancel this offer. I intend to keep this offer open as long as the world is in crisis with Covid-19 and its aftermath, so watch this space. I will give a warning here before I pull this offer. You can submit your writing sample at Be sure to click the link below the heading "Promotion Code" to get to the special form for a free sample edit. If you find yourself at a form before clicking the special link, scroll slowly back up the page, and you should see the link for the code (EN19).

But it gets better…

When I return an edited writing sample, I include quotes for the full range of my editing services. Until further notice, I will give a true quote, but I will not charge writers the full amount. I am discounting my services 50% for subscribers to Editor’s Notes and their friends. I will give a warning here before I pull this offer.

Feel free to pass this offer along to any writing friends you think may be interested. As long as anyone uses the code, I’ll honour the offer.

This is what I can offer you in this time of crisis. I hope it encourages you as you face possible illness and financial uncertainty.

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