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Making Stories: Paris (2)

Making Stories: Paris (2)

Our second day in Paris dawned exactly as every other residential school trip dawns: to the sound of multiple alarms on different students’ phones being muffled by pillows, smothered with a sleepy hand, or abused violently by sleep-deprived teenagers desperate for another few minutes of peace. Or, if they belong to me, completely ignored as I slept through it entirely, waking up several minutes later when somebody else’s alarm went off. From there it continued with a disappointing breakfast and…

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Making Stories: Paris (1)

Making Stories: Paris (1)

I’ve talked about my concern that compared to many authors I admire, my life so far has been humdrum with none of the remarkable stories and anecdotes they’re able to utilise in their writing. But it hit me yesterday that stories are what we make them. It’s all in the telling, isn’t it? I went to Paris for a weekend with my French class is ordinary. Many people have done that. While it’s an opportunity, it’s not an anecdote that…

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