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To Thine Own Self Be True © Lydia Nolan July 1, 2018             I do not know about you, but I know about me, and I know that when I get an idea for a story I must determine whether it would work as a novel, a short story, or a poem or lyric. Each one of these “styles” of writing—or genre—has a “figure” shall we call it?             Like a human being, when someone is enamored with another, they like everything about them and can tell you if that person has long legs, short stocky legs, big boobs, long arms, small hands and feet, but a cute butt… you know what I’m talking about. And then when they get to know them. Now they can tell you if the person is sensitive, if they cry about animal movies that are sad, or if they are adamant about visiting their parents, or whether or not they believe in God. That part is the deeper meaning of the person.             In the same way, we have general genre tenets of a narrative from which one is able to recognize a kind of similarity to other …

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