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by CatLin
Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING
Replies: 102
Views: 69196

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

I just saw this post and dug right in to the homework. Love this lesson! Cat Doreen focused on her book while the subway clacked through stations. The goliath hunkered beside her made her edgy, so she inched against the window and dug in. When the train sped through the second tunnel, still far from...
by CatLin
Thu Sep 17, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Rules, Ratings, Judges and Official Info
Topic: Writing Challenge Feedback Reports and Rating Categories
Replies: 23
Views: 68535

Re: Writing Challenge Feedback Reports and Rating Categories

How exciting!!!! Thanks, Deb, Mike, and Bea! Faithwriters keeps getting better and better. :thankssign
by CatLin
Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER
Replies: 26
Views: 12525

Re: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER

Oh, definitely. I started reading classics a few years ago - I was never brave enough to dip my toes in there before, but I'm glad I did.
by CatLin
Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER
Replies: 26
Views: 12525

Re: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER

Plus, there's a screen that lists bestsellers and (I think) well-reviewed books. On the Amazon Kindle page on the web, you can also find a list of the 100 top FREE books, in any and every genre. Most of the books on my Kindle were free, and through that I've read (or started) many "not so good" boo...
by CatLin
Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER
Replies: 26
Views: 12525

Re: Be a Better Writer--BE A BETTER READER

I read. I read a LOT. I always have. I read from many different genres, although I quit reading romance when I grew bored with the same predictable plot. I was tricked this year and accidentally read a romance that wasn't advertised as such. :) Looking at your list of genres, I don't think I've ever...
by CatLin
Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for ROAD TRIP (vacation)
Replies: 4
Views: 1804

Re: Highest Rankings for ROAD TRIP (vacation)

Congratulations everyone! I forgot how fun the entire challenge experience was. I read many of those recognized above on my reading journey through the levels this week. Well done, indeed!!! After a short period of mild pouting, I'm pleased with me 19th place. :D
by CatLin
Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Best of the Best Winners - 2015
Replies: 3
Views: 2367

Re: Best of the Best Winners - 2015

Congrats Ladies!!!!! :thumbs
(and I think you mean "swept" instead of "scooped", Deb.)
by CatLin
Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be A Better Writer -- FREE FOR ALL
Replies: 26
Views: 10347

Re: I Wish I Could Say I Know I'm Right, But I Can't

..."but the theme of the story focuses on risk taking and how each of us, toddlers and adults, deals with risk in our own way. *snip* Is "each of us" plural or singular? Lillian (trying not to grow rusty during my writing hiatus :-)). I know, I know! Each is the subject, and is singular thus requir...
by CatLin
Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--RESOURCES FOR THE WRITER
Replies: 13
Views: 9762

Re: Be a Better Writer--RESOURCES FOR THE WRITER

For brain exercise , I've recently rediscovered crossword puzzles. Great for building vocabulary, and training you think from all angles - and sometimes punnily outside of the box. And a free Boggle-like app that doesn't require internet access is WordPlay . After the game you can scroll through all...
by CatLin
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for FAITH Challenge
Replies: 1
Views: 1583

Re: Highest Rankings for FAITH Challenge

Congratulations! :D
:party
by CatLin
Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--A TOUCH OF POV
Replies: 36
Views: 17011

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

I write in first person POV a lot. I should do a count of my fiction stories and see what the percentage is. I've also written first drafts in first person, then edited to make it 3rd person. I find it's easier to "show" the MC's character by living as him or her as I write. Reading? Either one. But...
by CatLin
Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:01 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- INSPIRATIONAL WRITING
Replies: 16
Views: 7805

Re: Be a Better Writer -- INSPIRATIONAL WRITING

Jo, I was going to thank Jan for the link to Jewels of Encouragement too. :D Thanks for the clarification that "Inspirational" isn't meant to be a devotion or a Bible study, and should be non-fiction. I had contemplated writing fiction for this one. And I always ask permission to use someone else's ...
by CatLin
Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- COMING OF AGE STORY
Replies: 27
Views: 10935

Re: Be a Better Writer -- COMING OF AGE STORY

When I first read the topic and then your lesson, I was excited - I remember writing lots of "coming of age" stories. (I'm not sure what that says about me... ? ) But as I was reading through the ones I was sure qualified, I thought each one of them was weak in one of your "requirements". Was the le...
by CatLin
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Page Turner Writing Contest
Topic: Top 15 Finalists - 2014 Page Turner Contest
Replies: 10
Views: 6398

Re: Top 15 Finalists - 2014 Page Turner Contest

Congratulations one and all!!!
:clap :clap :clap :clap :clap
by CatLin
Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--HUMOR WRITING
Replies: 33
Views: 16862

Re: Be a Better Writer--HUMOR WRITING

Thinking over a few sarcastic characters I've written..and some of them are obviously self depracating, and those that aren't usually learn a humbling lesson in the end. And I didn't infer you to mean that sarcasm was bad humor. My pastor pointed out one Sunday morning where Jesus used sarcasm in Sc...

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