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by Cinnamon Bear
Tue May 19, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME
Replies: 19
Views: 8785

Re: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME

Steve, thank you for your reply. Perhaps I should not have used the word "perfect" because no one is perfect. Better to say that I am on a quest for the perfect poem. That said, how a poem sounds matters. Maybe "May" and "jays" technically doesn't constitute a perfect rhyme. But to the ear it sounds...
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon May 18, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME
Replies: 19
Views: 8785

Re: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME

Here's the link. Thank you for asking:

http://www.bellaonline.com/review/issue ... /p018.html

Cinnamon Bear
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon May 18, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME
Replies: 19
Views: 8785

Re: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME

Steve, thank you for your post. I have read everything on the Mused site that pertains to rhymed poetry, and I have read the very few rhymed poems that they chose to publish during the past year. They selected my poem for publication. I don't think they would have published it had I settled for anyt...
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon May 18, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME
Replies: 19
Views: 8785

Re: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME

Slant rhymes.... I try to avoid perfect rhymes, and use near rhymes/slant rhymes to avoid the boy/joy, love/above pitfall, yet I plead guilty. Also to avoid being glib, trite, or clichéd. Yet, if every rhyme is a slant or near rhyme, it would be "forced" the other way, like trying too hard. I don't...
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon May 18, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME
Replies: 19
Views: 8785

Re: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME

I read a lot of cowboy poetry, and have a specific purpose for my current "run" on cowboy/western/country poetry. Cowboy poetry is a special genre with endless opportunities for imagery, humour, metrical maneuvering, colourful terminology, and grassroots truths / earthy common sense. Ann, thank you...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sun May 17, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME
Replies: 19
Views: 8785

Re: Be a Better Writer--SLANT RHYME

Jan, I have been following your three recent poetry lessons and giving the matter a good deal of thought. See my post about rhyming words on the thread “Improve Your Rhyming Skills”. As you mention in that thread, publishers reject approximately 99% of rhymed poetry submissions. This statement is su...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sun May 17, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--IMPROVE YOUR RHYMING SKILLS
Replies: 12
Views: 6592

Re: Be a Better Writer--IMPROVE YOUR RHYMING SKILLS

I’m not going to post one of my poems here. Although, in truth, the recent UK election results inspire me—pergola, cupola, gondola, Nicola…Much better than the lament I posted on this forum in September after the dismal results of the Scottish referendum...All right, I will cease my gloating and emo...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PLAYING AROUND WITH MOOD
Replies: 12
Views: 8807

Re: Be a Better Writer--PLAYING AROUND WITH MOOD

Just as Ashley joined her coworkers for lunch, a young man rushed in, hugged her and presented her with a dozen red roses. “Well!” Heather laughed. “What’s all that about?” “Oh, it’s nothing.” Ashley inhaled the flowers’ scent. “That’s just Jason’s way of thanking me for my work on the Olympiad even...
by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Can I Brag?
Replies: 4
Views: 2854

Can I Brag?

I know there is a cheering section on the forums, but I don't know anybody there. Today, the spring issue of Mused Literary Review , a quarterly magazine, was posted. Here is the link to my poem: http://www.bellaonline.com/review/issues/spring2015/p018.html The editors of Mused discourage rhymed poe...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SO MANY WRITING TIPS
Replies: 19
Views: 10289

Re: Be a Better Writer--SO MANY WRITING TIPS

Jan, thanks for the information.

Cinnamon Bear
by Cinnamon Bear
Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SO MANY WRITING TIPS
Replies: 19
Views: 10289

Re: Be a Better Writer--SO MANY WRITING TIPS

I'm not sure if I agree with this tip, or perhaps I am mistaking its meaning. "Readers don’t consult dictionaries if they don’t know a word. Be sparing with the thesaurus." It is almost impossible to use only words that are familiar to all readers. We would have to stop using any regional words and ...
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PACING
Replies: 23
Views: 12989

Re: Be a Better Writer--PACING

Dear Jan,

I read every word of your lesson and found it very valuable and interesting. So I don't want you to think that you wrote in vain.

It is just that the homework is so hard. :cry:

Cinnamon Bear
by Cinnamon Bear
Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--2nd person
Replies: 35
Views: 17478

Re: Be a Better Writer--YOU WRITE IN 2ND PERSON

Here is my attempt at second person POV. The title is “The Real Reason Why People Get Fat.” "It’s Monday. You go food shopping. You choose flounder because it’s low in fat; ditto for the skinless, boneless chicken breasts. Later you’ll broil them—no butter or salt of course. Then you select vegetabl...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SHE WRITES IN THIRD PERSON
Replies: 13
Views: 9722

Re: Be a Better Writer--SHE WRITES IN THIRD PERSON

Here is a link to my entry “Inmate 4859.” I wrote it in third person limited from the POV of Witold Pilecki. I described his thoughts and feelings as well as his words and actions as he came to the realization that the Nazis were exterminating the Jews: http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-...
by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION
Replies: 28
Views: 24324

Re: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION

I didn’t think of an idea for the “Gluttony” topic until after the deadline for entries closed. :( So for my character sketch, here is a little snippet of what I might have written if I had thought of it earlier: Amanda clutched at her baggy print dress and cringed when Lise arrived for their lunch ...

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