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by Colswann1
Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Thanks
Replies: 6
Views: 2561

Thanks

Jan - I know your imput on FWs is invaluable to budding writers. Thank you for how you helped me, and I know others too.

Love you,

Col
by Colswann1
Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winners for the ENDLESS Challenge
Replies: 12
Views: 2562

Re: Winners for the ENDLESS Challenge

RedBaron wrote:Wow! I placed! (Does this mean I have to move up? It's not an EC lol.)
Because you have spent so much time as a Moderator, when others have spent their time honing their writing skills for Challenge, I think you ought to be made an honorary 'Master', Shari. :)
by Colswann1
Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:48 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION?
Replies: 27
Views: 12204

Re: Be a Better Writer--WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION?

Jan, I know we have been warned off from using clichés; I presume that is because they are not our own word creations, but is it permissible to use them in dialogue as a way of our everyday speaking? Why does it seem OK to use phrases from well known writers like Shakespeare, and others, when they a...
by Colswann1
Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: FaithWriters Information/Announcements
Topic: Rules for posting
Replies: 41
Views: 50428

Re: Rules for posting

Hi, Jill! Welcome, and I hope you enjoy being part of FWs. :)
by Colswann1
Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ALLEGORY
Replies: 21
Views: 11648

Re: Be a Better Writer--ALLEGORY

Thanks for your comments Jan - you are very diplomatic, as I feel 2 of my examples may not have fallen strictly into allegory category but you must have been too kind to deflate my ego. :)
by Colswann1
Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ALLEGORY
Replies: 21
Views: 11648

Re: Be a Better Writer--ALLEGORY

Do you have anything else you'd like to add to this discussion? Just that I like writing allegories although I don't think I'm an expert. Maybe you can't remember this one: http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level3-previous.php?id=24998 or this: http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level2-pre...
by Colswann1
Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ALLEGORY
Replies: 21
Views: 11648

Re: Be a Better Writer--ALLEGORY

When the Challenge topic was 'encouragement' I thought using the article linked below would cover a few aspects of what encouragement meant.

http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article- ... p?id=19510
by Colswann1
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.
Replies: 61
Views: 23677

Re: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.

Did you also intentionally set aside meter? And if you did--why did you also choose to use end rhyme? Since you were flouting so many of the conventions of traditional poetry, why not just do an unrhymed free verse? Jan, I chose a free verse style because I thought it wouldn't have been accepted as...
by Colswann1
Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:59 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.
Replies: 61
Views: 23677

Re: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.

Jan, I did some of your poetry lessons and was surprised at all the different types and names for numbers of verses and lines etc. I was wondering if you were allowed to do your own experimenting and creating outside the set boxes using rhyming, or would it just be called free verse because it doesn...
by Colswann1
Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.
Replies: 61
Views: 23677

Re: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.

Hi Jan - I suppose that we UK writers stuck out like a sore thumb when you were judging. I did try using American spellings for a short while but Deb advised, in a general comment, that it was best to keep using UK spelling if you came from the UK. My concern was that the judges could easily tell ou...
by Colswann1
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons -- COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS
Replies: 66
Views: 32074

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons -- COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS

This article appeared in my paper this very day - because I don't know how to transfer it in full, I'll type a few relevant bits. Dictionary is rewritten - literally! It is a word that has been misused by so many that its definition has been changed - literally. The Oxford English Dictionary has rev...
by Colswann1
Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:32 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons -- COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS
Replies: 66
Views: 32074

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons -- COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS

At one time, I used to use a check list when self editing my pieces for the Challenge. It included simply words to watch out for like: is and his, there and their, as and has, along with other things to check out. I knew about the different spellings for engaged couples, but not if they were both bl...
by Colswann1
Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons -- COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS
Replies: 66
Views: 32074

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons -- COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS

Jan, we from the UK spell lots of words differently to you in the USA. Quite often we use two consonants where you from the USA use one. I think we have a rule that if a vowel follows a word ending in a consonant then the word-ending consonant doubles up e.g. swimming, parallelled, etc.
by Colswann1
Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for EXAMPLE Challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 1583

Re: Highest Rankings for EXAMPLE Challenge

Allison wrote:Wow. I'm honestly surprised to be anywhere on this list!
Ditto Allison! When I showed gill my piece, she shrugged and said, "It's just OK!"

Did much bettter than expected.
by Colswann1
Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY, #2
Replies: 24
Views: 16456

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY

Jan, these are the first two verses of a free verse I wrote. Does this meet your criteria? stardom gained in the dullness of a starless night is elusive but to the few - yet still it hastens away for the capture of a name and fame is a lost hope - that takes its flight from most it avoids the eager ...

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