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by danamc
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:16 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Beginnings (#1)--the 4th judging criterion
Replies: 104
Views: 90811

Jan,
Yes, it is much better with the dashes.

Thank you!
by danamc
Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:30 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Beginnings (#1)--the 4th judging criterion
Replies: 104
Views: 90811

It was the day before retirement, forty years of perfect attendance and David was baffled that this would bring about his downfall.


Thanks so much.
by danamc
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:33 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #14--THE WELL-CONSTRUCTED POEM
Replies: 37
Views: 33414

I am in awe of those who can write free verse. I guess it takes practice but it seems to me that it just comes natural to some people. I just don't get it.

A question about the Challenge. Do you think it makes a difference in the judging if the judges of a particular week aren't poets?
by danamc
Wed May 26, 2010 7:36 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #13--The Well-Crafted Short Story
Replies: 58
Views: 53461

Telling: Jacob was thrilled with his new bike. He felt like he had waited his whole life for this gift. He couldn't wait to go for a ride. Showing: Ripping the paper off of his gift, Jacob shouted, "This is the best birthday ever!" He jumped on the bike and pedaled furiously down the driveway, shrie...
by danamc
Tue May 18, 2010 6:53 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #12--PREDICTABILITY
Replies: 29
Views: 28911

Recognizable character types: The Old Fashioned Grandma- Bakes cookies, knits, but also rides in a motorcycle group every weekend. The Rough Motorcycle Guy- Long beard, heavily tatooed, but is also an aspiring poet. For the poetry: I am guilty of writing the same type of poetry. I am going to do thi...
by danamc
Mon May 10, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #11--Creative, Unique, Fresh
Replies: 74
Views: 60492

Homework #3 “Wait! Stop the car, Doris, stop the car.” “Land sakes alive, Frank, what are trying to do, make me wreck?” “I saw something in the grass, looked like a bracelet, maybe had some diamonds in it.” “Absolutely not, we’re already late for bingo. They’ll probably run out of cards.” “Doris, it...
by danamc
Mon May 10, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #11--Creative, Unique, Fresh
Replies: 74
Views: 60492

Homework #1 I had a nice break from my everyday routine yesterday. It's not every day that I get presents and breakfast in bed. Homework #2 One way to make an entry different is to rule out the obvious. For example, if I immediately think of a mouse when I read the topic "Eek", then lots of other pe...
by danamc
Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #9--Writing on Topic
Replies: 65
Views: 81457

Hi Jan, I have participated in the Challenge for a few weeks now. I usually think about it until at least Monday and pick the idea that feels right. I have my husband read it to see if it fits. I guess my question would be, is it possible to go too far out of the box and then be off topic? Something...

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