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The Use of Diary Entries in a Short Story

diary-25157__180Paula Chinick, who wrote a mainstream short story called “Hidden Discovery” in my anthology, Written Across the Genres, used diary entries between narrative paragraphs. Jean, the protagonist, talks in first person about finding her mother’s  diary after she died.

“I found it a few months ago while forced to go through her things alone. Alone, because neither my brother nor sister would help. Big babies, I never can count on them when things get tough. It’s taken me this long to muster the courage to open it.” I flip open the cover than slam it shut. I take a deep breath, open it again, and read:

December 25, 1970

Dear Diary,

Isn’t that how you start these things. Sounds idiotic. But since it’s in ink I can’t scratch it out and start over. I’ll never use it again.

I received this journal for Christmas from my father’s mother, Nana. I’m not her favorite. Last year I received a blue-haired troll doll, a fad from the 60’s. New motto: Make lemonade out of a turnip.

I’ve decided to record meaningful events in my life. When I’m grey and wrinkled, I will reflect on whether my life held significance.

First entry–Got engaged Christmas Eve. At eighteen, is anyone ready for marriage?

January 2, 1971

Eloped! Never thought I’d go through with it but he’s a good man.

Out of the few who didn’t get drafted and sent to Vietnam.

When Chinick submitted this story I believed it was true. I asked her about putting it in the Memoir section and expressed how touching the ending was for me. The voice of the mother in the diary entries came through in strong contrast to Jean’s narrative. I believed that Paula changed her name to Jean to tell this amazing story. Chinick laughed and said it was all fiction.

How wonderful to unintentionally fool me into thinking it was a true story about her mother. When readers believe fiction is real, that is a sign of a successful writer.

To read Chinick’s story, you can order Written Across the Genres from you local book store, from Amazon, or on Kindle.

Paula Chinick published a thriller called Red Asscher–Living in Fear, available at Amazon and on Kindle:


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Red Asscher Blog Recommended

Check out Paula Chinick’s http://www.redasscherdotcom/blog to read about the parents of Anya, the protagonist in RED ASSCHER which will be in print by the end of the year.

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Celebration after Las Positas College Book Launch

Celebration after Las Positas College Book Launch

Paula Chinick, present president of California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, and Vi Moore, past president, celebrated with us at Paula’s house after the Las Positas College book launch on May 11th.

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May 25, 2013 · 3:51 pm

Poetry Workshop

I attended a poetry workshop this morning with Julie K. Royce, author of PILZ, Paula Chinick, author of RED ASSCHER, and Carol McLean, poet and essayist.  Glen Meisenheimer demonstrated how to write a poem in anapest and iambic meters. As a group, there were twelve of us, we wrote a joint poem for each and a limerick. Here is our anapest poem:


In the midst of the storm, I cannot see the light

I am cold, I am scared, I am lost in the night.

Will I languish in darkness or learn how to cope?

Yes, I know I’ll see morning, I’ll not give up hope.

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Tri-Valley Writers Club President and Linda Lee

Linda Lee at http://www.askmepc-webdesign.com spoke at the April California Writers Club Tri-Valley branch meeting. President Paula Chinick is the author of RED ASSCHER to be released before the end of this year.Image

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