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by amilli
Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ADJECTIVES in the proper order
Replies: 14
Views: 9019

Re: Be a Better Writer--SOME THINGS ABOUT ADJECTIVES

Hi Jan, It's great to be back....even if for a little while. This assignment is hard!!! :oops: probably that's why there isn't a lot of responses... I'll give it a try though since I love a challenge. 1) I totally love tall, hot guys! 2) There is a frilly tiny purple sweater buried deep in the back ...
by amilli
Thu May 01, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be A Better Writer--Self-Editing
Replies: 23
Views: 10809

Re: Be A Better Writer--Self-Editing

This is truly an insightful lesson. I agree with having someone else edit, but sometimes when you have to meet a deadline and there is no immediate eyes around within the needed time frame, then self-editing is the second runner up! These tips help. I've heard about reading backwards, but never by p...
by amilli
Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Commas with conjunctions
Replies: 22
Views: 12270

Re: Be a Better Writer--A quick grammar lesson

:rolling :rolling :rolling

Thanks for the laugh Jan, though not at the extent of my fellow Faithwriter. I really agree with you Granny's Pen :thumbs

I appreciate the update Jan, now that's one more thing to "Unlearn!" :roll:
by amilli
Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Commas with conjunctions
Replies: 22
Views: 12270

Re: Be a Better Writer--A quick grammar lesson

Comma is surely not one of my strong areas, so even though this post is addressing conjunctions, my fear of commas takes the forefront. (Hope my commas are in the right places! :oops: ) Back in college I was taught that when conjunctions (Meanwhile, so, yet etc.) appears in the middle of a sentence,...
by amilli
Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be A Better Writer--THE MAGIC ENDING
Replies: 57
Views: 31008

Re: Be A Better Writer--THE MAGIC ENDING

Thanks Jan.
by amilli
Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be A Better Writer--THE MAGIC ENDING
Replies: 57
Views: 31008

Re: Be A Better Writer--THE MAGIC ENDING

I see your point Jan. I understand what your saying. There is no one way to write a good ending, the bottom line is to ensure that it satisfies. So the aim is not necessarily to solve every conflict, or to allow the reader to draw their own conclusion, or to provide a happy closing. The aim is to le...
by amilli
Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be A Better Writer--THE MAGIC ENDING
Replies: 57
Views: 31008

Re: Be A Better Writer--THE MAGIC ENDING

I realize that the majority would rather have a "deus ex machina" or a more traditional ending when reading a book or even watching a movie (Not necessarily a predictable ending, but one that is neatly tied together). If the villain got away, the MC's goal was not achieved, or the super hero dies, t...
by amilli
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Cliches
Replies: 11
Views: 6462

Re: Be a Better Writer--Cliches

I needed this lesson!

My hands are tied -- The glue has got my hands to the wall.

Elephant in the room -- Pink flamingo a midst the sea of seagulls.

I tried doing another...but this is harder than I thought! :oops:

PS: I submitted this before reading the other posts.
by amilli
Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION
Replies: 22
Views: 10433

Re: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION

Thanks Jan. I know I could have spent more time on the narrator, but my aim was to include as much students as possible without being too vague yet keeping the narrator's voice, all in 750 words. It was a group class assignment so I didn't want much individuality. I love challenges, so I wanted to g...
by amilli
Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--GREAT BEGINNINGS
Replies: 21
Views: 8625

Re: Be a Better Writer--GREAT BEGINNINGS

I didn't even realized that both characters were sharing the POV! I was really in Shanna's head, so thanks for bringing that to my attention. I agree, the only thing I would change in your paragraph is "Inviting-- but forbidden" instead of "Inviting-- and forbidden." That one word plays into the sto...
by amilli
Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:11 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION
Replies: 22
Views: 10433

Re: Be a Better Writer--CHARACTERIZATION

Late, but present for class. I always enjoy your stories, this one was no different, Jan. The MC's voice and the setting brought me back to two books I used to read in High school: "Of Mice & Men" & "Shane." A western mood with ranch & cabins & horses. Loved it! To the home work :arrow: Flat charact...
by amilli
Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:02 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Second Tense (Writing in Second Person)
Replies: 4
Views: 3250

Re: Second Tense (Writing in Second Person)

Jan, I just had to stop by & say beautiful story.... it reminded me why I write. It's unique, delivers a strong message, and brake the rules ("Jesuslovesyou".... "Worst. Witness. Ever."... among others) It's the little things like these that makes a story stands out. Even though not intended for me,...
by amilli
Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:47 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--GREAT BEGINNINGS
Replies: 21
Views: 8625

Re: Be a Better Writer--GREAT BEGINNINGS

Here's my homework: The Pay Off Shanna heaved the bag of groceries up to her chest as she stepped off the curb to cross the busy streets. As Kenny fell in pace beside her, he clutched his bag under one arm. Peering inside at the intoxicated patrons, they scurried past Cassidy Bar and Lounge. Some pe...
by amilli
Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Craftsmanship--the 3rd judging criterion
Replies: 30
Views: 18565

Re: Be a Better Writer--Craftsmanship, and a CONTEST

RE:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpB ... 67&t=31853

Thanks for the link Jan (Story endings), the lesson really put things in perspectives for me.
by amilli
Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Craftsmanship--the 3rd judging criterion
Replies: 30
Views: 18565

Re: Be a Better Writer--Craftsmanship, and a CONTEST

Cinnamon Bear gave me this link and reminded me to check out this awesome lesson, and indeed it is. For me, the ending of a story (Fiction) is always the hardest part to write. I am a fan of fiction, it allows me to push my imagination to the limit...and over! I normally just run with an idea & star...

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