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by HISsparrow
Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Share Your Success - Cheering Section
Replies: 16
Views: 11718

Re: Share Your Success - Cheering Section

Hooooorrrrrraaaaayyyyyyyyyy, peeps!
by HISsparrow
Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Page Turner Writing Contest
Topic: Winners - 2015 Page Turner Contest
Replies: 6
Views: 3981

Re: Winners - 2015 Page Turner Contest

Congratulations winners!
by HISsparrow
Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:34 am
Forum: Christian Writers' Groups
Topic: General writing Accountability group desired to start
Replies: 28
Views: 15858

Re: General writing Accountability group desired to start

Shann, Thank you for your encouragement. You are definitely right. We all need words of encouragement, and we all have something valuable to offer. I must confess I tend to think I'm too green a writer to offer anything truly helpful. But like you said, I've been reading for most of my life. I think...
by HISsparrow
Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Christian Writers' Groups
Topic: General writing Accountability group desired to start
Replies: 28
Views: 15858

Re: General writing Accountability group desired to start

Hi!

I would be interested in joining if your group isn't full already. Like Trudy, I'm a little nervous, but the kind of group you described sounds like just the thing to help me with my WIP.

Ashley
by HISsparrow
Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CONFLICT
Replies: 10
Views: 9468

Re: Be a Better Writer--CONFLICT

I'm sorry I haven't gotten involved in anything much lately. I've been busy with my WIP. Anyway, thank you for this lesson. You have a way of putting things out there that makes sense. Conflict is one of those things that I have struggled with even before I started writing. Sometimes it frustrates m...
by HISsparrow
Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--FIND YOUR OWN VOICE
Replies: 13
Views: 8409

Re: Be a Better Writer--FIND YOUR OWN VOICE

I realized I didn't say anything about voice in my earlier post - as far as another writer's distinctive voice. I may be alone in my opinion, but I really like and admire Francine Rivers' voice. I think it is distinctive and noticeable immediately. It's been a while since I've gotten to read anythin...
by HISsparrow
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--FIND YOUR OWN VOICE
Replies: 13
Views: 8409

Re: Be a Better Writer--FIND YOUR OWN VOICE

I think "finding your own voice" is one of the most difficult aspects of writing for me. I honestly don't now where - or how - to begin. I'm not sure I can even recognize "my voice" as opposed to any other voice I might write with. This, this, this. And I definitely agree with the others who said t...
by HISsparrow
Wed May 27, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Writing Challenge - General Discussion
Topic: Rating Worksheet (as used by the judges)
Replies: 96
Views: 72396

Re: Rating Worksheet (as used by the judges)

Hi, Deb!

May I have a copy of the ratings worksheet sent to my email - [email protected](dot)com? Word or Excel would be great! :D

Thank you!
Ashley
by HISsparrow
Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WORKING WITH AN EDITOR
Replies: 23
Views: 11429

Re: Be a Better Writer--WORKING WITH AN EDITOR

Thank you so much for this list. It will help a lot should I ever get to that stage. :)
by HISsparrow
Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MINI-CRITIQUES, THIS WEEK ONLY
Replies: 7
Views: 5538

Re: Be a Better Writer--MINI-CRITIQUES, THIS WEEK ONLY

Here is my attempt. Thank you very much for doing this. You had mentioned before that I needed to work on realistic dialogue the most, so I would like to know if you think this attempt is any improvement. Of course, I would love to know anything else that comes to your mind. :) My prompts were "prot...
by HISsparrow
Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PACING
Replies: 23
Views: 12990

Re: Be a Better Writer--PACING

A few paragraphs later: After pulling on jeans and a tee, Lisa starts to walk. It’s early—not yet hot—and she follows the salt in the air, the loudening of the ocean. A battered boardwalk takes her to a wonderland of rust, faded paint, splintered wood. An abandoned amusement park. A faded sign read...
by HISsparrow
Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PACING
Replies: 23
Views: 12990

Re: Be a Better Writer--PACING

Jan, I think that may be one of the reasons the homework was so difficult. Like you said, the story demanded its pace so it was a stretch to rewrite it. However, I think it helped me a lot to grow. Even if a piece has a pace that it wants, you've given some really good tips that I can use to rein it...
by HISsparrow
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PACING
Replies: 23
Views: 12990

Re: Be a Better Writer--PACING

I read your lesson, too. I was working on the homework Saturday, but this weekend has been pretty crazy. This lesson was pretty difficult for me. I have attempted to re-write the first scenario, though I'm not sure how successful I was or if it satisfied what you had asked. The original definitely h...
by HISsparrow
Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Commas (Part One)
Replies: 20
Views: 18716

Re: A friendly family feud

Ann, please help me settle this. :D My cousin, who is writing a book about the family's history, insists on putting commas after the "and." Should quote mark come before the period? She writes: For over fourteen years we kept digging and, at the turn of the twenty-first century, a Millennium Family...

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