Legends in your Story

mythOne instructor of a writing class told the members to add a legend or myth to the story. One whose elements would reflect an aspect of the plot or character. In my novel, Norman in the Painting, I’ve tried to think of a myth that continues by word of mouth in the small town where Jill, the protagonist, lives. I’ve thought of a few but I don’t know how to relate any of them to the story. Maybe it will be easier when I’ve finished the book and then I’ll have to go back and filter it into some of the chapters.

Do you have a legend in your work in progress?


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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

2 thoughts on “Legends in your Story”

  1. That’s a difficult but intriguing idea. I’ll be very interested to see what you come up with and how you use it. You go, girl!!!!


  2. Yes I do have a legend in my work in progress, which actually contains aspects of the protagonist and the plot. I’m a pantser (if I got that right), so I couldn’t tell you how it crept in.


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