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by GShuler
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Beginnings (#1)--the 4th judging criterion
Replies: 104
Views: 76003

glorybee wrote:Gerald, thanks for your comment! What IS an elephant's oozie? A skin disease came immediately to my mind (ewwwwww...)


Jan, because you were curious . . . an elephant's oozie is its trainer or owner.
by GShuler
Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Beginnings (#1)--the 4th judging criterion
Replies: 104
Views: 76003

I have had several people tell me that the only reason they took the time to look at my story was because of the title. That means even though it isn't part of the judging a good title will get you more reads which is really what a writer wants anyway. That is my "comment". Here is a title...
by GShuler
Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #15--WELL-CONSTRUCTED NON-FICTION
Replies: 46
Views: 32757

Another word often mis-pronounced is February. A lot of people act like there is no 'R' after the 'B'. It's Feb-Ru-ary not Feb-U-ary. Non-Fiction assignment: I had been warned by the pastor about the unruly nature of the eleven boys I had agreed to teach. The boys all came from really rough neighbor...
by GShuler
Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #14--THE WELL-CONSTRUCTED POEM
Replies: 37
Views: 29936

I'm not a poet but I do enjoy poetry. May I offer a potential guideline for writing a well-crafted poem? No matter what style of poem you are writing one thing holds true: Even though it is expected that a poet's words will "wax poetic", don't be guilty of using too much wax. I have read a...
by GShuler
Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Ellipses . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 14439

I have a question about the following excerpt from one of my challenge entries. Like you, I use the ellipsis far too often. In just this one challenge entry I used them six (count them ... SIX!) times. I'll try to curb my appetite for them. I know from your lesson that the usage in this example is c...
by GShuler
Tue May 25, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #13--The Well-Crafted Short Story
Replies: 58
Views: 47947

I am appalled at the lack of mastery of "basics," even among the Masters. There. I said it. Alas! Someone who agrees with me about my writing. My speling is atroshus, my grammers am sub-standard, and my story development is as shallow as a dark and stormy night. Is that why God invented e...
by GShuler
Mon May 24, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #13--The Well-Crafted Short Story
Replies: 58
Views: 47947

I just wanted to point out that suspence and conflict can sometimes be shown effectively through conversation... even if it is a one sided conversation with an animal. This example is from one of my challenge entries where the boy is expected to correct his pet elephant with a whipping cane. It is s...
by GShuler
Sat May 15, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: Page Turner Writing Contest
Topic: 2010 Page Turner Entry Tally
Replies: 42
Views: 19264

I have one coming. It's not quite ready yet. All I lack is the words. I do have the idea finished, though.
by GShuler
Thu May 13, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for THE MANUSCRIPT
Replies: 26
Views: 9989

Congratulations to the excellent writers on the lists. I am surprised and honored to see my own entry in the Editor's Choice list. When I wrote it, I meant for it to be a swift kick to ONLY my own posterior. The lack of comments has me fearful that my kick may have swept more posteriors than just my...
by GShuler
Wed May 12, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #11--Creative, Unique, Fresh
Replies: 74
Views: 48359

Can I slip one in? Here is my attempt: Justin hated everything about driving on a moonless night. More than anything else, though, he hated the white dashed line in the middle of the road, reflecting flashes of hypnotic reminders that he still had miles to go before finally getting home. To his mile...
by GShuler
Mon May 10, 2010 12:32 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #11--Creative, Unique, Fresh
Replies: 74
Views: 48359

Assignment 1: Add a touch of the unexpected to your story. For example, if Granny is the quiet type that gets rattled by every sound she hears, the reader might expect her to head for the phone to dial 911 if she hears the back door open. Then you would expect her to cower in a corner until the poli...
by GShuler
Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for "The Reader"
Replies: 34
Views: 11533

Way to go leaders of the pack. What a packed rack of talent we have in FaithWriters. Writing to topic isn't the challenge anymore... it's writing to the standards shown this week. Marvelous, simply marvelous.
by GShuler
Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for "The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword
Replies: 23
Views: 8600

The WooWoo Awards have been handed out. :lol: I can sleep peacefully tonight. Thank you JoAnne.
by GShuler
Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for "The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword
Replies: 23
Views: 8600

Way to go placers... That's really coooool!!! Also, thank you to everyone who commented on my entry. I've been away from Faithwriters and it means a LOT to have such a warm welcome back. Even though I didn't even place in my own group it eases the pain to know that I squeaked out an EC. Thank you, ...
by GShuler
Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #9--Writing on Topic
Replies: 65
Views: 70413

Thanks for stopping by, Gerald. Got anything to say about writing on topic? I'm a writer. I've always got something to say. It seems to me that the most important thing for a new writer to learn is how to use an assigned topic to focus the story. Even if the topic isn't mentioned (like when we did ...

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