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by DanielK
Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for THINK
Replies: 20
Views: 9577

Well I certainly wasn't expecting that! I'm just putting this post on for those of you who read my " Think before you leap ". I've had quite a few comments along the lines of, "Wow, you're really brave" "You must be getting too old for it". Just so you know, I haven't actually ever done the things m...
by DanielK
Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #15--WELL-CONSTRUCTED NON-FICTION
Replies: 46
Views: 38436

Wow, I haven't been here for ages! Life's been a bit hectic at home. Anyway, now I'm back I'd better get to it. Non-fiction really isn't my thing, but I'll give it a go. I'll do the musical instrument. Clap, tap, slap, boom, wham, click, pound. Since the dawn of time birds, beasts, and probably men ...
by DanielK
Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:50 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Beginnings (#1)--the 4th judging criterion
Replies: 104
Views: 96431

Question : Is it okay to start a story with the character's thoughts? For example, This is so stupid. What am I doing here? Everybody else who braved this tomb died horrible deaths. What's to stop it happening to me? That, of course, would be the thoughts of an Indiana Jones-type character investiga...
by DanielK
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:49 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #14--THE WELL-CONSTRUCTED POEM
Replies: 37
Views: 34556

Well, Jan, that taught me something. I never knew that tankas should be a moment in time, whereas haikus should describe something in nature. I guess that according to that criteria, my tanka would be better as a haiku. Thanks for telling me that. Aren't haikus shorter? There was a kind writer named...
by DanielK
Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:13 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #14--THE WELL-CONSTRUCTED POEM
Replies: 37
Views: 34556

Hey, Jan! I've always enjoyed poetry, though obviously some of my early poems were pretty naff. Right now there's a question I want to ask you. I noticed that in your lesson you didn't mention the japanese style poems, which, if I remember correctly, have to have a certain number of syllables to eac...
by DanielK
Tue May 18, 2010 3:00 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #12--PREDICTABILITY
Replies: 29
Views: 29742

I don't really do romance stories. Science fiction and mystery I'm familiar with, but my strong point is fantasy, and so once again, I'll do my homework on that. So then, one typical fantasy storyline: Hero is a young lad who's special but doesn't know it - is thrown into trouble and everyone is try...
by DanielK
Tue May 11, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #11--Creative, Unique, Fresh
Replies: 74
Views: 64549

The internet has been down here for quite a while, so I imagine I've got some catching up to do. For now, though, I'll do a couple of this week's homework. #1. Everyday/Every day Every day Samuel begged his mum and dad for permission to watch "Veggietales: The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown." Rather ...
by DanielK
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #8--Developing Interesting Characters
Replies: 69
Views: 73928

Hey, Jan! Welcome back. Glad you had a nice holiday. I couldn't find any bits from old stories that seemed to work for me, so I'll just write this one as it comes to me. An empty beer bottle shattered by the side of her bed. Startled, Marie leapt up, and winced as her bare feet met a few small glass...
by DanielK
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #8--Writing Out of the Box
Replies: 94
Views: 63607

As soon as I saw that word Fire, my thoughts started racing. I came up with thirty words ideas in the first five minutes, so here's a list of a third of them. Gates of Hell, burnt dinner, Guy Fawkes, tongues of fire, fireman, The Human Torch, the Sun, fire and brimstone, Vesuvius, and burnt fingers....
by DanielK
Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:17 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Dialog #2
Replies: 52
Views: 57915

"HEEEYAH! Die, die, die!" Hacking and slashing his way through the enemy ranks, Ninja approached his master. "Sensei! I'm coming!" he said. "Hyargh! Phew, that was tough. What's this strange glowy stone?" "Ninja, beware!" Sensei said. "Don't touch that rock!" "What the? All this power! Yaaaaahhhhhh!...
by DanielK
Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:15 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #4: Overusing Exclamation Points
Replies: 62
Views: 43795

This is a part of an English assignment I wrote in school some time back. The story was about a theft of mulberry trees and silk worms in Medieval England, and had at least ten exclamation points in it. The whole story was about 6000 words long and now I see that ten is too many. Fredrick's men ran ...
by DanielK
Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:25 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Dialog #1
Replies: 103
Views: 93976

This is my entry. I got a bit carried away, and so Jocelyn sounds almost like a mad girl. Hope you like it. "I don't believe it! You won't let me go see Spring Break Axe Murderer? That's not fair! I've arranged everything with Ashley and Tiffani. We've even said who'll buy the popcorn. And now you w...
by DanielK
Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #3: Choosing a Tense and Sticking to It
Replies: 81
Views: 53061

Okay, all I really noticed was the tense changes, but then I had been told by a family member that it was about tenses, and so I was looking for that particular mistake. Here's my one: The great dragon swoops down and the party and carries them away into the night. With a great thrust of her wast wi...
by DanielK
Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #2: Beware of Adjectives and Adverbs
Replies: 129
Views: 100902

It was an exhausted Jan who staggered into her house at the end of a seemingly endless day at work. She slipped off her dark shoes at the door and plodded unenthusiastically toward the kitchen. All she wanted was an ice-cold soda and something sugary to chew on—perhaps there was some leftover cake i...
by DanielK
Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:40 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New "Class"--Writing Basics
Replies: 115
Views: 69849

J.R.R Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Another harsh horn-call and shrill cries rang out. Feet were coming down the corridor. There was a ring and clatter as the Company drew their swords. Glamdring shone with a pale light, and Sting glinted at the edges. This whole passag...

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