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by CatLin
Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Flashback
Replies: 9
Views: 5382

Re: Flashback

I didn't realize how many times I used a flashback to help tell the story. But I used them to tell a lot of the story. I don't think I've ever kept it short. Something new to work on. I found two examples to share. The first one only flashes back to earlier that day. The second flashes back a year. ...
by CatLin
Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for COMPUTER Challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 1271

Re: Highest Rankings for COMPUTER Challenge

I love this list! Congratulations one and all. I haven't spent any time reading challenge entries lately, but I want to change that and dive into this list. Some of titles intrigue me... as do some of the names I recognize.

:clap :clap :clap
by CatLin
Sat May 21, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Time Management (Guest Post)
Replies: 1
Views: 2628

Re: Time Management (Guest Post)

I also agree with many of these tips. Self-discipline has been a big hurdle for me. Years ago, I set aside 6pm - 7pm as writing time. It's easier for me to set a time goal rather than a chapter or word goal. I would write, edit, research brainstorm, or read about writing during that hour. I rarely a...
by CatLin
Tue May 03, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 2
Replies: 13
Views: 7518

Re: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 2

I played the fairy godmother in "Cinder Ella", a take on Cinderella, when I was in grade school. I don't remember much about it except I wore a long green dress and one of the boys pulled my chair out from under me in dress rehearsal. My tail bone has never fully recovered. A question: What are the ...
by CatLin
Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 1
Replies: 17
Views: 9782

Re: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 1

I've already learned a lot! I didn't realize what an art picture book writing was. Leaving room for the illustrator to "complete" the story is something I never would have thought of. I attempted writing a "picture book" for the FW Light challenge a while back, and I just pulled it up the draft to s...
by CatLin
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Head Hopping
Replies: 24
Views: 12252

Re: Head Hopping

Handle With Care, by Jodi Picoult.
by CatLin
Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Head Hopping
Replies: 24
Views: 12252

Re: Head Hopping

Random comment: I just finished the most uniquely written multiple-1st person POV novel. Each chapter was titled headed with the POV character's name (I think there were five), and was like a letter written to the MC (who's single narrative is saved for the twisty ending.) It was fabulous being insi...
by CatLin
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Head Hopping
Replies: 24
Views: 12252

Re: Head Hopping

Hi Jan - I appreciate this lesson. I fought against sticking to one POV I first started writing at FW - it was new to me. And I actually liked how you shifted POV's in your story. You made it very clear who's head you were in, and the non-professional in me doesn't see a problem. However, I've done ...
by CatLin
Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing Biblical Fiction
Replies: 19
Views: 9478

Re: Writing Biblical Fiction

For some reason, I'm attracted to Judas and what might have really made him betray a man he had spent almost every day with for the past couple of years. Shann, Tosca Lee wrote about Judas in her novel "Iscariot". I've read it twice - you should check it out. Tosca writes AMAZING biblical fiction! ...
by CatLin
Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing Biblical Fiction
Replies: 19
Views: 9478

Re: Writing Biblical Fiction

I love reading Biblical fiction, but I haven't attempted much because of the "fear" of changing or adding to Scripture. I wrote this one when I first joined FW for the "Lifeguard" challenge but I didn't enter it. (I wrote a different story for the challenge.) It would fit in your category 4 - a made...
by CatLin
Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Finger Pointing
Replies: 8
Views: 5269

Re: Finger Pointing

I've found myself editing many a devotion to change the "you"s to "I"s to avoid finger pointing. Your advice on using a fictional person is very helpful. I often want to write a devotion about something but hesitate because I don't have a powerful personal story to tell.
by CatLin
Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for START Challenge
Replies: 1
Views: 1264

Re: Highest Rankings for START Challenge

Well done everyone! Congratulations!
by CatLin
Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Cliches
Replies: 6
Views: 4516

Re: Be a Better Writer--Cliches

I just saw this lesson! My bit of homework for now....
I spotted this possible cliche in your lesson: "you don’t want your writing to slip into automatic..."

I'm thinking on the cliches - it seems they are always hard for me to rewrite.
by CatLin
Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #9--Writing on Topic
Replies: 65
Views: 75447

Re: Jan's Writing Basics #9--Writing on Topic

Hi Alma! I'm not Jan either, but I AM a fan of Jan. :) So glad you found her lessons! Dig in and don't be shy.
:welcome
by CatLin
Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Setting the Scene Correctly
Replies: 13
Views: 5939

Re: Setting the Scene Correctly

Thanks Jan. I try to make the setting apparent from the get go. I appreciate your advice on how to be subtle. Jo, I haven't clicked on your link yet, but I think I can guess which story your linked too. The misdirection was key in that one.

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