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by Verna
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Challenge Entry Direct Links
Topic: Share the Love by Leaving Feedback - Replaces Brick Throwing
Replies: 8
Views: 4393

Re: Due to Lack of Interest ...

I miss throwing bricks . . .
by Verna
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:33 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Finger Pointing
Replies: 8
Views: 4910

Re: Finger Pointing

I love the practical "show us how" advice.
by Verna
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Formatting Poetry
Replies: 10
Views: 4619

Re: Be a Better Writer--Formatting Poetry

Thanks, Jan--and Leigh. I couldn't link to this little poem in FW, but I wanted to show some other reasons a poet might use in formatting to skip a line other than a stanza. In this one I wanted a pause for passage of time and for emotion. She Said She said: You can’t go there. You can’t wear that. ...
by Verna
Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winners for IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL Challenge
Replies: 3
Views: 1333

Re: Winners for IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL Challenge

It was a week of wonderful entries. Congratulations to all the winners, with a special shout-out to my friend, Margaret. You go, Girl! Proud of you for being #1!
by Verna
Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--RESOURCES FOR THE WRITER
Replies: 13
Views: 7930

Re: Be a Better Writer--RESOURCES FOR THE WRITER

This is a great list. A book about writing that I like is WRITE YOUR heart OUT by Rebecca McClanahan. In her chapter about writing for the public eye, she has a question I think about often when I write: Why would anyone want to read this?
by Verna
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY
Replies: 50
Views: 20794

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY

I wish I'd read your lesson before I sent this poem to a contest! It was written as seen through a car window. When I revise it, thought, I'll get out of the car and add some bird song and leaves crunching underfoot, as well as smells of the forest. Again, you are a valuable help to my writing!
by Verna
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY
Replies: 50
Views: 20794

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY

Jan, I like your examples of imagery. Here's a pair from a poem I was working on this morning: The trees are colorful with the mountain behind them all black. Psychedelic images flash against Black serrated border. I would love to see a lesson on free verse. In a recent challenge, I entered a poem t...
by Verna
Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BIOGRAPHY
Replies: 16
Views: 5887

Re: Be a Better Writer--BIOGRAPHY

Thanks, Jan, for your definitions. Obviously, much of my writing consists of first person narrative.
by Verna
Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BIOGRAPHY
Replies: 16
Views: 5887

Re: Be a Better Writer--BIOGRAPHY

Jan, as I perused titles in challenges and in my poetry books, I was really surprised to see how much of my poetry is biographical or autobiographical, based on memories of people and events in my life. Some of it is true character description, and some of it is fictionalized accounting. For this ch...
by Verna
Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS
Replies: 17
Views: 7449

Re: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS

jim--that's beautiful. I'm a fan of all your beautiful poetry!
by Verna
Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS
Replies: 17
Views: 7449

Re: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS

Great little poems, Cat!

The election-year ads on TV
Are a wasteland of banality.
Of viewing we'll take us
A long-term hiatus
Till the swearing-in ceremony.
by Verna
Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--DEALING WITH NEGATIVE CRITIQUE
Replies: 48
Views: 23236

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

Jan, that's really a toughie for us thin-skinned ones. Your suggestions are good. I think I have used a number of them. I especially appreciate constructive criticism from someone who writes in my genre. (I do check them out on Faithwriters.) I have found that when someonel unfamiliar with poetry sa...
by Verna
Mon May 05, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--GIVING AND RECEIVING CRITIQUE
Replies: 17
Views: 9590

Re: Be a Better Writer--GIVING AND RECEIVING CRITIQUE

Jan, you've given some really good suggestions for ways to be specific in critiquing. For one of my early entries of poems, you commented that the meter was off. So--I went to work and learned meter. I studied great writers, including our own Kenn Allan, sat down with an English teacher friend, and ...
by Verna
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CREATIVITY
Replies: 23
Views: 16664

Re: Be a Better Writer--CREATIVITY

Thanks for the ideas.

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