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by choosingjoy
Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ALLEGORY
Replies: 21
Views: 13232

Re: Be a Better Writer--ALLEGORY

Jan, I am a week behind, but wanted to say I read all three of your allegories. Marvelous! I don't feel I could ever write anything like this, but it is a high goal which I will consider. I have always loved Pilgrim' Progress, and I certainly agree that when you "get it," deep truths like this tend ...
by choosingjoy
Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.
Replies: 61
Views: 27672

Re: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.

Good morning, This has been an enjoyable topic. I have been interested in what people enjoy reading. Personally, I read both nonfiction and fiction, but to really relax and treat myself, I n eed :) fiction. While I do read some secular, I like good Christian fiction, and our public library now stock...
by choosingjoy
Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--COMPOUND SENTENCES
Replies: 23
Views: 15742

Re: Be a Better Writer--COMPOUND SENTENCES

Mmmm, I counted compound sentences, and if correct, there are only 8 in my 728 word piece. I had none at all with semicolons. Something to ponder. Even if I'm not getting all these identified correctly, it has given me something to think about. I hope to have more variety as I write, but I think I'l...
by choosingjoy
Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--COMPOUND SENTENCES
Replies: 23
Views: 15742

Re: Be a Better Writer--COMPOUND SENTENCES

Okay, this is all great. I see something I stumbled over last week cleared up (I think). Counting simple sentences, I found this one and didn't know. It didn't seem right: Since our Mama died, she was the center of our world. The since makes it complex, right? And you two make a good tag team. Thank...
by choosingjoy
Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SIMPLE SENTENCES
Replies: 40
Views: 24374

Re: Be a Better Writer--SIMPLE SENTENCES

Hi Jan, Hope you have a great weekend with the granddaughter's birthday celebration. :book2 I picked out a challenge entry that I liked, and it was a recent EC one. My word counter says it contains 728 words (includes 2-word title). In it, I counted 63 sentences in all. I think I am right that there...
by choosingjoy
Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SIMPLE SENTENCES
Replies: 40
Views: 24374

Re: Be a Better Writer--SIMPLE SENTENCES

This sounds like a wonderful learning lesson. I hope to get one of my pieces and do the first homework you suggested. Got a lot going on, so it will take a few days, I'm sure. I loved the Hemingway example.
by choosingjoy
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--POV
Replies: 8
Views: 6072

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--POV

Hi Jan, Just a note to let you know I've been busy with trying out some of your good counsel. I tried my hand at a first person fiction on the "Exhale" challenge topic. It was based on some definite real people and circumstances, but fictionalized. It ranked #24 overall (which is pretty good for me....
by choosingjoy
Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING
Replies: 102
Views: 65125

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING

Thanks, Jan, for showing your sentence by sentence edit. I don't think I'll do that, but I did try to eliminate anything which wasn't necessary to tell your main story, which I did perceive to be the conflict of the crowded, uncomfortable situation between the MC and the big man. I also am sensitive...
by choosingjoy
Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING
Replies: 102
Views: 65125

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING

Oops, my post crossed with your edit. Oh well, maybe it didn't matter too much. :mrgreen:
by choosingjoy
Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING
Replies: 102
Views: 65125

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING

Hi Jan, I remember your one hundred words. :) Very hard for me, but always fun. So here goes: Doreen concentrated on her book while the subway clacked through the stations. Aware of the big man scrunched next to her, she wedged her shoulder against the window. As the train sped through the second of...
by choosingjoy
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--POV
Replies: 8
Views: 6072

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--POV

I'm reading a book titled Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson. She switches the POV from the guy MC to the girl MC very deliberately, by titling the parts of the book using their names. For her, it works, and is very interesting. In a short story, especially as short as the Challenge entries are, I dis...
by choosingjoy
Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY, #2
Replies: 24
Views: 18285

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY

Thanks, Jan. I was unsure about punctuation. In fact, I put some in but took it out. lol Also, some of the things you saw were just by "feeling" on my part and going by sound, rather than realizing it was assonance, alliteration, etc. I still struggle with it, but enjoyed trying. Thanks again for ta...
by choosingjoy
Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY, #2
Replies: 24
Views: 18285

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY

Being also from the South, I say with tmoral, y'all don't laugh... But it's okay, really, because I can't hear you. :lol: Seeking in vain for silence Amid the maddening mass of sounds Yearning for a quietness I could not find I withdrew into a windowless room Thinking to nullify voices and noise Fin...
by choosingjoy
Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY, #2
Replies: 24
Views: 18285

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY

I just now saw this. :o Thanks, Jan for the great information and tips. I have to reread it, mull it over for a bit, and give it a try. :thankssign
by choosingjoy
Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TRANSITIONS
Replies: 27
Views: 21969

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TRANSITIONS

Yes, you did answer my question ivery well. I think the key help was the word instinctual that you used. I usually change paragraphs when I "feel" that it needs to be done. I can have a bit more confidence about it now. lol The flow of paragraphs is so important, and I also will be more aware of tho...

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