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by TracePezzali
Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Forewarned is Forearmed
Topic: Becoming a freelance writer
Replies: 3
Views: 3542

Re: Becoming a freelance writer

Eek! Have asked something I'm not meant to? 100+ views and no comments!
by TracePezzali
Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WRITING RESOURCES, PART 2
Replies: 10
Views: 8124

Re: Be a Better Writer--WRITING RESOURCES, PART 2

Wow this list has been incredibly helpful. I've signed up to half of them and have already benefitted in life-changing ways as to how to look at writing, how to be better at it, and how to be a freelance writer. Randy Englemaston is particularly helpful (Advanced Fiction Writing, snowflake method) a...
by TracePezzali
Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:04 am
Forum: Forewarned is Forearmed
Topic: Becoming a freelance writer
Replies: 3
Views: 3542

Becoming a freelance writer

Hi I'm very nervously dipping my toe into the employment internet sites to see if I can get some contract writing work. I'm not sure if there are some sites I should avoid: eg. would anyone have any good or bad things to say about freelancer.com? I'm a bit overwealmed by the site where you have to b...
by TracePezzali
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PACING
Replies: 23
Views: 12107

Re: Be a Better Writer--PACING

Ooh, I've got another question, which is relevant to pacing in a way, but more so on correct grammar and the writers voice. Omitting the first word of a sentence - the little words. Like: I catch the bus and have to hold my nose. The stink of body odour is overpowering. I think I'm going to gag or p...
by TracePezzali
Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WORD CHOICE
Replies: 8
Views: 4925

Re: Be a Better Writer--WORD CHOICE

Hi Jan I'm addicted to that vocabulary site. I've also been able to create a list of all the words i want to really understand and remember - like pronouns, infinitives, inflection, predicate, parenthetical, preposition, clause... The challenge section then asks me tricky questions at random over an...
by TracePezzali
Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:38 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WORD CHOICE
Replies: 8
Views: 4925

Re: Be a Better Writer--WORD CHOICE

Hi Jan I checked out those sites you mentioned. Really good! The vocab.com one will be a regular challenge for me now :thankssign Great lesson. I know that the wrong word choice can be very jarring. I've also found that even when a word may make sense, when it is one of the 'minor' definitions, the ...
by TracePezzali
Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Can I Brag?
Replies: 4
Views: 2596

Re: Can I Brag?

Hi Virginia What a beautiful haunting piece, flawlessly executed - they'd have been foolish not to include this evocative poem that captures bygone days and our grief over their loss. How sterile our environments seem now. My emotions were definitely impacted by this piece. You've done an exceptiona...
by TracePezzali
Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PACING
Replies: 23
Views: 12107

Re: Be a Better Writer--PACING

Thanks Ashley, thanks Jan :thankssign To clarify then, it's usual to include the 'and' but not essential for good grammar? Just trying to get it right in my head. I've always tended not to put the 'and' but since writing on Faithwriters i have been more conscious of including it. Teehee, one great r...
by TracePezzali
Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PACING
Replies: 23
Views: 12107

Re: Be a Better Writer--PACING

That was really helpful, and nice to know there is an element of freedom - breaking rules not from ignorance but for deliberate effect. I've been really focussed on getting my grammar correct, which is good for me to do, but recognising I can sway on that when the piece benefits from it is a comfort...
by TracePezzali
Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--SO MANY WRITING TIPS
Replies: 19
Views: 9570

Re: Be a Better Writer--SO MANY WRITING TIPS

I've got an issue I've been chewing on for some time, and every part of me rebels against it. Apparently publishers only want dialogue to be followed with 'said' rather then any of the other glorious adjectives and verbs that create such specific images in the way dialogue is spoken. Why do publishe...
by TracePezzali
Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PACING
Replies: 23
Views: 12107

Re: Be a Better Writer--PACING

Hi Jan The WC examples you gave were both so fantastic in their different ways, both were intriguing and full of images and depth. Your two samples were effective examples of pace, and I've found the different versions fascinating as motives and internal dialogue really change the intent and mood of...
by TracePezzali
Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV
Replies: 36
Views: 16741

Re: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV

Yay! Thank you :D That means a lot to me. Sometimes it's too easy to doubt ability!
by TracePezzali
Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV
Replies: 36
Views: 16741

Re: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV

Hi Jan This is the story I submitted for the recent 'envy' challenge. I was hoping you could look at it to make sure I got the actual technique right - I anticipate some errors being my 'first time for first p-erson!' The address is http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-previous.php?id=50379...
by TracePezzali
Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV
Replies: 36
Views: 16741

Re: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV

I'm so excited - I did a piece for Envy and it was mediocre, and then I read this forum and I just knew I had to try first person present tense - which I've never done before (I'm completely new to prose. I've only ever written poetry) and I LOVED IT! I think it's lifted the piece dramatically - bec...
by TracePezzali
Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--2nd person
Replies: 35
Views: 16170

Re: Be a Better Writer--YOU WRITE IN 2ND PERSON

This has been absolutely fascinating to me! I never knew 'second person' was even a term! Occasionally I slip into it in a diary entry, or in a poem a line here or there, addressing the generic 'you' out there, but I had no idea stories can be written that way. Those two examples you gave, Jan, were...

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