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by Cinnamon Bear
Sun Dec 06, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: A week off, and a question
Replies: 15
Views: 9410

Re: A week off, and a question

-- do you have a new topic to suggest? Jan, I would like to see a lesson on dealing with the verb "to be"—is, was, were, and all the rest. I know it is a good idea to avoid using too many "ing" verbs—I was going, He was singing, etc. But I still have difficulty cutting back on the he was, she was, ...
by Cinnamon Bear
Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Share Your Success - Cheering Section
Replies: 16
Views: 11716

Re: Share Your Success - Cheering Section

Here's a link to the Google-translated announcement of the winners (thanks, Virginia!). Select "Result Fantasy micro-writing contest": https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=http://www.schrijvenonline.org/&prev=search . This link takes you to the front page of “Schrijven”. To get to t...
by Cinnamon Bear
Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Share Your Success - Cheering Section
Replies: 16
Views: 11716

Re: Share Your Success - Cheering Section

Deb, I sent you an email on October 9 to your FaithWriters address. Please let me know if you received it. Thanks. :)

Virginia Bliss
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Share Your Success - Cheering Section
Replies: 16
Views: 11716

Re: Share Your Success - Cheering Section

Deb, you shouldn’t dangle temptation in front of me. :lol: I’ve already bragged on another forum. However, I maintain that "there is no such thing as too much Brag" so here goes: Mused Literary Review published all four of my submissions: "Death of a Small Town" (rhymed metered poetry) Spring 2015 "...
by Cinnamon Bear
Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--COMMAS ARE TRICKY
Replies: 47
Views: 33423

Re: Be a Better Writer--COMMAS ARE TRICKY

Judy and Jan, I am having the same problem.

You can access the lesson directly from the main list which has the lessons in chronological order. The Commas With Conjunctions lesson was posted on March 22, 2014. :)

Cinnamon Bear
by Cinnamon Bear
Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION
Replies: 15
Views: 8092

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION

And yes, they are Indians in the story. Anyone ever hear of the French and Native American Wars or of the First Nation uprisings in the West? It's part of balancing historical accuracy with political correctness. Unfortunately in today's society, the former is often thrown out in the name of the la...
by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION
Replies: 15
Views: 8092

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION

1. Stay true to the time period, to be historically accurate. 2. Appeal to modern readers when it comes to issues that are viewed differently now. I welcome suggestions from any of you reading this: how does a writer handle this quandary? Sibermom, you are very brave to write historical fiction for...
by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Writing on topic
Replies: 44
Views: 32465

Re: Be a Better Writer--Writing on topic

Jan, your lesson collection has grown to the point that one forum isn't enough. The same thing happened with the Challenge forum—now it is nine forums.

Possible Categories for Jan's Lessons

The Eight Challenge Criteria
Poetry
Genres
Crafting
Critiquing
etc.

:lol:

Cinnamon Bear
by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Writing on topic
Replies: 44
Views: 32465

Re: Be a Better Writer--Writing on topic

I've finished the links [Cinnamon Bear] gave me. She mentioned you have a series of lessons relating to the Writing Challenge. Are they grouped together so I can find them easily? If not, do you recall the topic titles so I can search? Judy, first, here is a link to the eight criteria upon which ou...
by Cinnamon Bear
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:20 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION
Replies: 15
Views: 8092

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION

Sibermom65 wrote:The story revolves around an incident in my family history.
Yes, do what Jan suggests—include an explanation in either the preface or in an end note. It will provide clarification, and also readers will be interested to learn that the story is part of your family history.

Cinnamon Bear
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION
Replies: 15
Views: 8092

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION

glorybee wrote:Does anyone else have some advice for Sibermom?
Sibermom, give us more specifics of the historical period you are writing about.

Cinnamon Bear (Virginia Bliss)
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER
Replies: 26
Views: 13347

Re: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER

Dear Judy,

I received your PM, and I just responded using your email address. :)

Virginia Bliss
by Cinnamon Bear
Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER
Replies: 26
Views: 13347

Re: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER

...As a person who loves to read, I find myself wanting to urge some titles on you--"Oh, surely you'll love this one!"...Out of sheer curiosity--since you don't enjoy reading very much, why did you want to become a writer? I'm very interested in hearing about that. I'll bet you have a fascinating s...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER
Replies: 26
Views: 13347

Re: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER

The best non-classic books have generally positive reviews—but this comes with a caveat. Reviews on sites like Amazon or GoodReads aren’t necessarily true to the quality of the book. Many writers ask their friends and family to leave positive reviews on those sites, and unfortunately, some writers ...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER
Replies: 26
Views: 13347

Re: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER

Jan, I can't possibly disagree with any of your four points. Of course people who want to write should read lots of books, read different kinds of writing, read books by the best writers, and should read like a writer. But here's my dirty little secret—I'm not much of a reader. I looked at the three...

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