The Sleep Writer

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The Sleep Writer

  1. 1. The Sleep Writer<br />By Laura Tackett<br />
  2. 2. How It Happens<br />
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  4. 4. Meet Mallory<br />
  5. 5. Mallory’s Feelings About Her Job<br />
  6. 6. Mallory opens her email for a monthly newsletter from a literary society. Here’s what she finds:<br />The Library Around the World is pleased to announce its third annual short story contest. We are looking for original, fictional short stories of 10,000 words or less of any genre. First Prize: $1,000; a 7-day writing workshop at the elite Golden Pen Workshop; a free one year subscription to Think Like A Writer magazine. Second Prize: $500; a free year subscription to Think Like A Writer magazine. Third Prize: $200.All entries must be submitted by June 12th @ 11pm. <br /> Click here for all rules and submission guidelines.<br /> Finally! Mallory’s chance to make her dream come true.<br />
  7. 7. Brainstorming<br />
  8. 8. Writer's Block<br />
  9. 9. Mallory Talks With Tom About Her Frustration<br />
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  12. 12. Insomnia<br />
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  14. 14. First Night<br /><ul><li>Tom wakes up. He glances at the clock. It’s 3am. He rolls over to put an arm around Mallory, but touches air instead.
  15. 15. He sneaks past the kids’ rooms and heads downstairs to the kitchen.
  16. 16. Mallory is writing vigorously in a notebook at the kitchen table.
  17. 17. Tom smiles and quietly goes back to bed.</li></ul>Mallory’s Dream<br />
  18. 18. The Next Morning<br />“Not bad,” thinks Mallory.<br />
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  21. 21. Each Night Mallory’s Dreams Become More Real<br />
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  23. 23. A Good Night’s Sleep Walking<br />
  24. 24. June 12th 3am<br />Tom spots the notebook. He cleans it off as Mallory is loaded in to the ambulance. <br />
  25. 25. One Month Later…<br />Mallory’s email reads:<br />The Library Around the World is pleased to announce that you have won 1st prize in our annual short story contest. Congratulations! Your prize includes $1000, a free 7-day stay at the elite Golden Pen Workshop, and a free one year subscription to Think Like A Writer magazine.<br />
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  27. 27. The End<br />

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