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by CatLin
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--AVOIDING ETHNIC STEREOTYPES
Replies: 21
Views: 15119

Re: Be a Better Writer--AVOIDING ETHNIC STEREOTYPES

if you can think of an alternative, why not? How about this: "Little Cathy had never seen anyone as dark as the girl on the swing. Her skin was beautiful - almost the black of newly tilled Iowa soil." (From a memory. My dad thought was funny that I was making friends with her at the park that day.)
by CatLin
Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--AVOIDING ETHNIC STEREOTYPES
Replies: 21
Views: 15119

Re: Be a Better Writer--AVOIDING ETHNIC STEREOTYPES

I had NO idea that comparing skin color to food could be offensive. The linked buzzfeed article was hilarious! I especially like the "mayonnaise legs". As a white person, with olive skin that turns caramel then latte in the summer sun, I don't have a peaches & cream complexion. However, none of thos...
by CatLin
Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for GRATE Challenge
Replies: 1
Views: 1361

Re: Highest Rankings for GRATE Challenge

"Grate job!". (Someone had to do it right?) :D

Congratulations to all! :clap :clap :clap
by CatLin
Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: A week off, and a question
Replies: 15
Views: 8760

Re: A week off, and a question

itsjoanne wrote:Interested in MOST of them, but would especially love exposition and hook. Cliche's are also always fun.
Yes to those too. I wanted to say cliche's but was scared of the homework. :roll: :oops: I struggle with them still. (not using them that is. Old habits die hard, you know.)
by CatLin
Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: A week off, and a question
Replies: 15
Views: 8760

Re: A week off, and a question

Hi Jan! I wonder if you have any insights or advice to share about self-publishing and how to find/work with an editor. I am blessed to be working with a fantastic editor who knows I'm inexperienced, but I'm still pretty clueless on the next step. (or even if I started on the right step). Also, I le...
by CatLin
Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Contests, Writing Tips, Tools, and Freelance Opportunities
Topic: For Picture Book Writers
Replies: 3
Views: 4786

Re: For Picture Book Writers

I'll check this out for sure. I started a picture book a few years ago, and worked on it for months. I revisited it off and on trying to finish it and finally forgot about it (for the most part). I'd like to see if I can actually write one. It's a genre I haven't "mastered" yet, and I'm tenacious. :...
by CatLin
Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Formatting Poetry
Replies: 10
Views: 5717

Re: Be a Better Writer--Formatting Poetry

Jo, I've always wondered why you don't write more poetry. You do it well! Here is a link to one of my free verse challenge entries. What Good Trying (in hindsight) to analyze my "conventions"..... I used lower case letters throughout except, and purposely, when referring to God or His Word, to signi...
by CatLin
Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--PARAGRAPHS
Replies: 5
Views: 3923

Re: Be a Better Writer--PARAGRAPHS

] Suppose you have a MC who is processing internally a lot of information, and the thoughts ramble to different topics. In addition to putting the mind talking in italics, I presume when thoughts shift to different ideas that creating a new paragraph would be appropriate. Is this correct? Hi Judy - ...
by CatLin
Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CONFLICT
Replies: 10
Views: 9081

Re: Be a Better Writer--CONFLICT

You're absolutely right that Scarlett vs. herself is a huge part of the novel. But there's also Scarlett vs. Rhett, and Scarlett vs. nature (when her family nearly starves), and Scarlett vs. Ashley (unrequited love) and some larger societal issues (the old South) and probably dozens more. I thought...
by CatLin
Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CONFLICT
Replies: 10
Views: 9081

Re: Be a Better Writer--CONFLICT

I'm looking forward to this series, Jan. I know I need more help in this area. I chose "Gone With the Wind" off the top of my head, and have been thinking for 5 minutes about what the main conflict is. It might seem to be the Civil War, but I came to the conclusion (correct me if I'm wrong) that the...
by CatLin
Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CAPITALIZING PRONOUNS FOR GOD
Replies: 22
Views: 15671

Re: Be a Better Writer--CAPITALIZING PRONOUNS FOR GOD

... anyone who reads this far will have read enough to decide which way they want to go. :D Um. I haven't. :roll: As I read my daily article in the magazine Decision , which is put out by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (I think that's what the EA stand's for in BGEA), I realized toward t...
by CatLin
Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CAPITALIZING PRONOUNS FOR GOD
Replies: 22
Views: 15671

Re: Be a Better Writer--CAPITALIZING PRONOUNS FOR GOD

Just to be clear, capitalization has nothing to do with respect . It distinguishes proper nouns from common nouns. It's a matter of writing mechanics in English, nothing more. I don't necessarily think of it as a matter of respect, but more reverence. Awe. Worship maybe? It's recognizing his divini...
by CatLin
Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CAPITALIZING PRONOUNS FOR GOD
Replies: 22
Views: 15671

Re: Be a Better Writer--CAPITALIZING PRONOUNS FOR GOD

This really makes me uncomfortable. I guess that makes me an "older" Christian. I read the NIV version of the Bible for the most part, and I don't like that He, His, Him, etc. aren't capitalized. There have been a few passages I've had to take to my pastor to discern whether a certain "he" referred ...
by CatLin
Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--NONFICTION AND RESEARCH
Replies: 14
Views: 8046

Re: Be a Better Writer--NONFICTION AND RESEARCH

Great lesson! I write a lot of non-fiction, and this is all very helpful. Thank you, Vonnie, for your post also - excellent advice! I tend to remember what I read too well, also, especially if I take copious notes. I'm still confused about plagiarism of of IDEAS. That seems very broad. Can you defin...
by CatLin
Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING
Replies: 102
Views: 69019

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING

Here's a funny story (I'll try to keep under 100 words. :) ). When I saw this post, I looked at the original date: 9/16. Cool! I was thrilled to see that you had 5 pages of replies already! Wow! I did the homework and then started reading backwards. It wasn't until page 2 that I noticed that the ori...

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