Telling Your Story with Style and Passion
Randi D. Ward is a retired, 37 year veteran English teacher from Georgia, USA, and a published author. She was named “Entrepreneur of the Year 2014” in the Education Industry by Worldwide Who’s Who and was profiled in its 2015 calendar. Her other awards include being the 2014-15 VIP Woman of the Year by National Association of Professional Women, a 2015 Delegate of the International Leadership Women’s Association, a 2015 Top Female Executive, a 2014 Pinnacle Professional Member of Continental Who’s Who, and an elite member of Strathmore Worldwide Who’s Who. Her current projects in Africa are World Peace Forest (Africa) in Egypt and Africa Nomads Conservation in Kenya. She is an honorary president of World Peace Forest (Africa) and the USA Regional Director for Africa Nomads Conservation. Her book is entitled Because I Believed in Me (My Egyptian Fantasy Came True).
I chose to set She Only Wanted to Dance, my first official short story, in a familiar place-my home town in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The main character is partially based on me as a teenage girl; the other significant characters are the girl’s deceased father and Dr. Medlock (both fictionalized) with only minor references to the girl’s mother, her sister, her dance instructor, children in the neighborhood, and other dancers. Too many characters in a short story can be distracting to the readers. In addition, it is a good idea to write about something well known to you. A beginning writer is more successful if past experiences are used as a model for writing. When more experience in writing is acquired, thinking outside the box for new and unique ideas will become much easier.