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by RachelM
Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Finger Pointing
Replies: 8
Views: 6081

Re: Finger Pointing

I write a blog that tends to be very personal. I don't do a lot of devotional pieces, but when I do, I work very hard at making them non-preachy. I'm so sensitive to preachiness that I'll often stop reading at the first sentence if a piece has a "holier than thou" air to it. I'm afraid it's often wh...
by RachelM
Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop
Replies: 20623
Views: 2863020

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Yesterday, I went to the store for a few minutes. We'd had a sewage overflow running down our driveway for the past few days. Oh my!!! :| Pup, those girls are adorable! We are so far away from flowers here! The lake is still locked in ice (although the swans have returned to the open spot where the...
by RachelM
Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop
Replies: 20623
Views: 2863020

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Fantastic poem, Pup! Congrats! :D
by RachelM
Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop
Replies: 20623
Views: 2863020

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

I read all of RachelM's blog posts. She's informative and entertaining. I'd like to do more blogging but the hard part is coming up with something to say. I guess it doesn't have to be always about God. Here's my latest blog post http://www.praize.com/blogs/Detailed/29136.html Thanks, Jaybird! It's...
by RachelM
Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop
Replies: 20623
Views: 2863020

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Hiya Rachel, glad to hear you are having fun. Um, did you remember pictures? I haven't even seen snow in years, let alone go playing in it. :roll: Hmmm. Let's see if I can remember how to post pictures. Here's my girls and a friend. We were actually trudging uphill here (fantastically good exercise...
by RachelM
Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop
Replies: 20623
Views: 2863020

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Rachel, I thought maybe you'd fallen off the earth. I've missed you. I was going to send you a note this week to tell you so. You're lucky you only ache, cuz your legs could've gotten a break--but not the kind you wanted! Teehee :tongue Awww, thanks for missing me. :D I'm thankful I didn't have any...
by RachelM
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Realistic Dialog
Replies: 5
Views: 3603

Re: Realistic Dialog

This is a great lesson, Jan! I'm not sure if I'm unusual in this, but I "hear" my characters and write down what they say and how they say it. I imagine the scenes as I write them, and I can hear their distinct voices (deep, hesitant, nonchalant etc.) Maybe it's just an imagination on steriods. Does...
by RachelM
Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop
Replies: 20623
Views: 2863020

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

You guys sound like you're having fun. :wink: I'm aching all over. I took the kids skiing on Friday. It was my first time in 22 years, and the hill we went on doesn't have a ski lift--just rope tows and a t-bar, so my poor legs didn't get a break all day. It was worth it, though. :D The snow is goin...
by RachelM
Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:27 am
Forum: Page Turner Writing Contest
Topic: 2015 Page Turner Feedback - All Sent
Replies: 2
Views: 2844

Re: 2015 Page Turner Feedback Heading Out

Yay!!! I was just asking myself why I'm constantly checking my email, and as soon as I saw this post I realized it's because I'm so eager to receive the feedback!
by RachelM
Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Cliches
Replies: 6
Views: 5142

Re: Be a Better Writer--Cliches

"take the bull by the horns" to "look the dragon in the eye" I find it's always challenging to replace a cliche, because the reason they're cliches is they're good. Of course they're also tired and lost their meaning, but it takes time to come up with fresh metaphors. This lesson is timely for me. I...
by RachelM
Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: A week off, and a question
Replies: 15
Views: 9048

Re: A week off, and a question

Jan, What about a general lesson on scenes? Current novel-writing advice seems to recommend cutting in and out of scenes as close to the action as possible--more like a movie. I like how it makes the writing more immediate and intense, but I think it leads to choppiness and some scenes that are too ...
by RachelM
Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop
Replies: 20623
Views: 2863020

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Awww, Shann! Thank you for your continuous encouragement! You were my very first writing mentor. :D I'd be happy to have you read my novel. It has to be finished Dec. 7. Yesterday I learned that my book had won 3rd place in the Page Turner, and that it had also been long-listed for the Caledonia Nov...
by RachelM
Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Page Turner Writing Contest
Topic: Winners - 2015 Page Turner Contest
Replies: 6
Views: 3731

Re: Winners - 2015 Page Turner Contest

Congratulations Debbie and Harriett!!! :superhappy

A huge thank you to Deb and all the judges and staff that make the Page Turner possible! You're nurturing authors. :D :grouphug2
by RachelM
Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop
Replies: 20623
Views: 2863020

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Hugs, Shann!!! :D
by RachelM
Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:25 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MAN VS. NATURE CONFLICT
Replies: 3
Views: 3554

Re: Be a Better Writer--MAN VS. NATURE CONFLICT

The movie Gravity was a man-vs. nature conflict. Most of the movie had only one character on screen--Sandra Bullock's character, but the movie was deeply emotional and riveting as she fought overwhelming odds to make it back to earth. My novel's main conflict was originally man vs. self, but then I ...

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