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by Sibermom65
Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Grammarly
Replies: 1
Views: 2462

Grammarly

Seeing the reference to Grammarly on the Writing Resources post I decided to explore it further. I plugged in the first chapter of the book I'm working on - a personal testimony - and checked to see what they would come up with. I wasn't really surprised that they found a couple of grammar and punct...
by Sibermom65
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WORKING WITH AN EDITOR
Replies: 23
Views: 12058

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

Is the "no illustrations" just for the editing or should the MS be sent to a publisher that way?
by Sibermom65
Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SO MANY WRITING TIPS
Replies: 19
Views: 10916

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

"Avoid starting a piece with dialogue."
Why? What's wrong with using a bit of dialogue as a hook into a story?
by Sibermom65
Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV
Replies: 36
Views: 19179

Re: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV

I was reading my photography newsletter this morning (another field of interest) and they gave the following pointer: if you want an immediate connection to a person, have them look directly into the camera. If the story or action is what you want to emphasis, don't have them looking at the camera. ...
by Sibermom65
Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV
Replies: 36
Views: 19179

Re: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV

I started writing this many years ago when my kids were in school. As their language was not "rough", I didn't have a good model for normal teen slang. (I'm pretty much convinced that I was never a teenager - certainly never typical.) My writing was interrupted by my daughter's death and I didn't re...
by Sibermom65
Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV
Replies: 36
Views: 19179

Re: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV

This is a snippet from my story "I, Joshua", about a couple of teenagers and a suicide attempt. I've found the 1st person POV lets me create emotionally charged passages. In this section the MC has found a suicide note dropped by a fellow classmate as the school day ended. He has informed the first ...
by Sibermom65
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Forewarned is Forearmed
Topic: Subsidy Press -vs- Self Publishing (are they the same?)
Replies: 15
Views: 17265

Re: Subsidy Press -vs- Self Publishing (are they the same?)

So if I want to self publish instead of using a vanity press, how do I get it printed and bound?
by Sibermom65
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV
Replies: 36
Views: 19179

Re: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV

Sometimes I write in 1st person - I like the power it can convey in for emotional content. I also like it for devotional/inspirational pieces because it's easier to avoid being "preachy" when you talk about the impact of something you rather than what someone else should feel. for the homework, I ha...
by Sibermom65
Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION
Replies: 28
Views: 26204

Re: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION

Here is a small selection from a story I've been working on that I hope shows characterization of Jonas through his interaction with his younger brother. Benji wondered what Pa could have been thinking when he sent him here to help Jonas. His brother needed someone strong and capable, not a clumsy k...
by Sibermom65
Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION
Replies: 28
Views: 26204

Re: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION

I have a question on dialogue - are there resources for learning about dialects as related to historical time, culture, and age?
by Sibermom65
Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- INSPIRATIONAL WRITING
Replies: 16
Views: 8940

Re: Be a Better Writer -- INSPIRATIONAL WRITING

Alas, I didn't get my challenge piece written, but I still learned a lot! For instance, if research is involved, it takes double the amount of time as just writing something straight from your imagination! Organization is essential - with just 750 words there is no room for "spaghetti". And perhaps ...
by Sibermom65
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER
Replies: 65
Views: 45321

Re: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

I suppose it is free verse, but when I look at it with meter in mind it seems like it could flow better if I used meter more effectively - perhaps just with a much looser format than a structured piece. I'll have to play around with it and see what works.
by Sibermom65
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER
Replies: 65
Views: 45321

Re: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

My poem is posted in the poet's corner http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=38846 I really don't consider myself a poet, and it's hardly my genre of writing, but I do occasionally play around with it and my natural pride wants to do the job right when I do try to create a p...
by Sibermom65
Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER
Replies: 65
Views: 45321

Re: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

I chose a poem I recently posted in the articles - poems section "The Badlands of My Soul". After looking at my screwed up meter, I saw so many flaws I didn't have the heart to continue with looking at the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables! I can see I need to take this poem out and rewor...
by Sibermom65
Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING
Replies: 102
Views: 81650

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING

Not mine to manipulate - meaning I have spent many years working with children and encouraging them to improve their craft, be it writing or something else entirely. It's like editing - you don't want to change their thoughts or their style, just direct them to rework it in their own words. A good e...

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