Is your story proportional?

When Peter Makuck, a North Carolina poet and short story writer of some renown, asked another writer to critique a story, he was told his story was not proportional.

I knew about various types of story structure and about character arcs, but I’d never heard of story proportion. Was proportion just another word for structure?

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I Need Salt Water to Live and, Maybe, to Write

If I’m away from salt water too long, I literally feel myself drying up. I have a sense of my body contracting, and others used to living on the coast have told me they feel the same. Maybe it’s also because I was born under a water sign. Now it seems there is scientific evidence that our creativity may dry up as well.

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