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by Sibermom65
Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: Christian Writers' Groups
Topic: General writing Accountability group desired to start
Replies: 28
Views: 17092

Re: General writing Accountability group desired to start

If it's not full, I think I should join this group. I know I always accomplish more goals when I have some accountability or deadlines. I have so many ideas and writing dreams that never seem to get addressed. I also realized that for years I have postponed things, convincing myself I needed to lear...
by Sibermom65
Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Commas with conjunctions
Replies: 22
Views: 14448

Re: Be a Better Writer--Commas with conjunctions

One of my early teachers taught us to remember that the apostrophe marked where a word was squeezed until a letter squirted out.
by Sibermom65
Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Contests, Writing Tips, Tools, and Freelance Opportunities
Topic: Writing is a Risky Business - Tip for Writers
Replies: 3
Views: 14896

Re: Writing is a Risky Business - Tip for Writers

I found the blog through FaceBook and was suitably impressed with your valuable information. Now I need to figure out who was the visitor to the blog from Greene, NY. That's just around the corner from here, and I would love to find another Faith Writer so close!
by Sibermom65
Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION
Replies: 15
Views: 8567

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

I'm not sure how much is brave and how much is stupidity. The more I work on it the more I fear it will never meet a publisher's (or parent's) approval because of the portrayal of the Native Americans, realistic or otherwise. And yes, they are Indians in the story. Anyone ever hear of the French and...
by Sibermom65
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION
Replies: 15
Views: 8567

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

I'm concerned that in today's world the events and attitudes of that era will be considered too violent and politically incorrect. Is that a problem when writing historically based fiction?
by Sibermom65
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION
Replies: 15
Views: 8567

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

The story revolves around an incident in my family history. Jonas Williams, crippled since childhood when he had escaped from Indians who took him captive, had settled on a stream feeding into the Susquehanna River and operated a tannery and a grist mill. It was late June 1778 when the Indians, stir...
by Sibermom65
Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING RESEARCH IN FICTION
Replies: 15
Views: 8567

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

I have a question closely related to this topic: The research I've been doing for a historical fiction (?) has dead-ended without a piece of important information - just where did it happen. While I can narrow it down to within a hundred miles, the terrain affects the development of action. Do I jus...
by Sibermom65
Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--KNOWING WRITING LINGO
Replies: 16
Views: 10412

Re: Be a Better Writer--KNOWING WRITING LINGO

WOW! I thought I had a pretty good vocabulary and understood the terms, but you brought in so many more that I can see I need to spend a super amount of time on research!
Good topic.
by Sibermom65
Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WRITING RESOURCES, PART 2
Replies: 10
Views: 9014

Re: Be a Better Writer--WRITING RESOURCES, PART 2

I was given a Nook about 18 months ago and I really do like it (I have well over 100 books on mine already) I enjoy it so much so that I bought my husband one, too. We are both avid readers and currently have well over a thousand books. (I'm someone who used to "read" dictionaries and encyclopedias ...
by Sibermom65
Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WRITING RESOURCES, PART 2
Replies: 10
Views: 9014

I've been going over the list, investigating web sites, and trying to decide which books will be most helpful for me. Certainly if I am going to be a writer, I need to think about having a library of reference material. My problem now is my last trip to B & N showed me over $100 in books to ad to my...
by Sibermom65
Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--FIND YOUR OWN VOICE
Replies: 13
Views: 8834

Re: Be a Better Writer--FIND YOUR OWN VOICE

I think "finding your own voice" is one of the most difficult aspects of writing for me. I honestly don't now where - or how - to begin. I'm not sure I can even recognize "my voice" as opposed to any other voice I might write with.
by Sibermom65
Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Passive sentences
Replies: 1
Views: 2997

Passive sentences

I understand passive sentence construction is not as strong as the active construction, but is it necessarily wrong? Sometimes the scene seems to dictate the passive voice. Also, it seems to me that a little variety would actually make for better reading.
by Sibermom65
Fri May 29, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Writing Challenge - General Discussion
Topic: Rating Worksheet (as used by the judges)
Replies: 96
Views: 76254

Re: Rating Worksheet (as used by the judges)

Please send me a copy of the ratings sheet also.
lcrowley at zfastest dot net
Ashley and Ruthanna, now we can all be literally on the same page in our buddy group. :)

( :cop mod edit to protect your email from spam bots :D RB/Shari )
by Sibermom65
Fri May 29, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be A Better Writer -- FREE FOR ALL
Replies: 26
Views: 11685

Re: Be A Better Writer -- FREE FOR ALL

I also dream of going to Alaska. My friend is in the process of moving there but is stuck in Edmonton where her driver for her 2nd vehicle quit on her. Instead of vicariously sharing the trip with her I'm distraught over the circumstances (I think that's empathy not vicariousness). I've tried to fig...
by Sibermom65
Fri May 01, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WORKING WITH AN EDITOR
Replies: 23
Views: 12062

Re: Be a Better Writer--WORKING WITH AN EDITOR

Your wonderfully helpful post makes me realize that I need an editor. How does one find one - just run your finger down the list and choose blindly or are there suggestions as how to select one? Also I understand that costs very widely, but is there some sort of ballpark range you can give to help a...

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