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by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Scripture referencing
Replies: 6
Views: 3384

Re: Scripture referencing

Just popping in to comment on this. Never reference the scripture in the body of fiction. It immediately breaks the fiction connection with the reader. In other words, it subconsciously gets in the way of the story. If you feel it necessary, give a list of the scriptures at the end of the book, cha...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- ACTION/ADVENTURE
Replies: 16
Views: 9713

Re: Be a Better Writer -- ACTION/ADVENTURE

I think the Challenge entry of mine that most closely fits the Action/Adventure genre is the one I wrote for the topic "Light At the End of the Tunnel." This entry placed 3rd in Advanced and 15th overall. http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level3-previous.php?id=47645 Poland seems to have provid...
by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- TRAVELOGUE
Replies: 15
Views: 8898

Re: Be a Better Writer -- TRAVELOGUE

Thanks, Jan! :)
by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- TRAVELOGUE
Replies: 15
Views: 8898

Re: Be a Better Writer -- TRAVELOGUE

I have two questions. 1) Can the travelogue be written in the present tense? 2) For this challenge, you should attempt to communicate the essence of some place where you have traveled, so that a reader who has never been there can experience it, if only vicariously. What if the author has a one trac...
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:17 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION
Replies: 33
Views: 13052

Re: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION

Thanks, Jan!

Cinnamon Bear
by Cinnamon Bear
Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:35 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION
Replies: 33
Views: 13052

Re: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION

My opinion would be to avoid going down that heaven/dream track, and to be honest, when it comes to dream stories generally, avoid them like plague. They usually raise red flags with the judges and are a turn off for many readers. What if the M.C. thinks that what he/she is experiencing is a dream-...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- FANTASY
Replies: 17
Views: 9134

Re: Be a Better Writer -- FANTASY

I am interested in how entries featuring ghosts or vampires would be viewed. My question might also apply to witches, but I don't have any ideas for entries featuring witches at the moment. :) As I see it, vampires are merely folkloric icons. Regarding ghosts, I thought that they were meant to be al...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION
Replies: 33
Views: 13052

Re: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION

This entry is entitled "The Day the Earth Stood Still": http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-previous.php?id=48704 It was inspired by an old Gary Larson cartoon. Superficially, it resembles many other tales about aliens landing on earth. Scientists claim that there is an excellent chance th...
by Cinnamon Bear
Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--FREE VERSE #1
Replies: 20
Views: 10917

Re: Be a Better Writer--FREE VERSE

Thanks for your replies, Jan. I am not sure why I wrote the poem in second person. Maybe I had been influenced by something I read at the time. I normally dislike writing--or reading--in second person. Regarding the last line: I frequently rode the New York City subways with friends who were also da...
by Cinnamon Bear
Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--FREE VERSE #1
Replies: 20
Views: 10917

Re: Be a Better Writer--FREE VERSE

Now that I have finished my rant about free verse, I will post one of my very few efforts in this genre. I wrote it for a college freshman writing course. I was living in New York City and dating a man at the NY Maritime College (popularly known as Fort Schuyler). I'm not sure how I got an "A" in fr...
by Cinnamon Bear
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--FREE VERSE #1
Replies: 20
Views: 10917

Re: Be a Better Writer--FREE VERSE

Questions #2 and #3: When I write poetry, it is nearly always rhymed and metered, but I don’t feel any animosity towards free verse. I just think it is very difficult to do well. A poem with rhythm and rhyme can be at least passably entertaining. But it is not enough for free verse to be good--it mu...
by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY
Replies: 50
Views: 26274

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY

Jan, thanks for your interest. Some folks believe that those of us who hoped for Scottish independence are old-fashioned romantics, imagining Scotland to be all oatmeal, tartans, and bagpipes. Nothing could be further from the truth. For myself, I lived in Scotland for two years--long enough to lear...
by Cinnamon Bear
Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY
Replies: 50
Views: 26274

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY

Sorry, I'm posting so late. Until last night, I thought I'd be posting in a very different tone. Alas, it was not to be. So instead of the celebration of Scottish independence that I hoped for, I ended up writing a lament: Fear Triumphs Over Hope The scones have turned to sawdust; The tartan’s gone ...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--DEALING WITH NEGATIVE CRITIQUE
Replies: 48
Views: 29109

Re: Be a Better Writer--DEALING WITH NEGATIVE CRITIQUE

...Criticism leaves me defensive. Especially unwarranted criticism, in which my Canadian spelling of a word is bashed. Or a foreign word I've used, entirely understandable in its context, or so I think, based on the positive comments. I read once that a writer should not "dumb down" their writing f...
by Cinnamon Bear
Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:09 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS
Replies: 17
Views: 10109

Re: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS

Jan, thanks for your kind words. Yes, I love cats--thanks for the cat haiku.

Cinnamon Bear

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