Search found 327 matches

by CatLin
Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--HUMOR WRITING
Replies: 33
Views: 16629

Re: Be a Better Writer--HUMOR WRITING

Catching up - and commenting collectively on a some previous posts. :) Thinking back on my own "humorous" stories, most (all?) stem from a tragedy of some sort, including my most recent challenge entry. I find that I tend toward sarcastic humor a lot, and most of my stories contain some element of s...
by CatLin
Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY
Replies: 50
Views: 24025

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY

I also stumbled a bit reading "unknown smile", but the explanation helped. I've awakened with a smile on my lips before, so I know what you mean. Maybe "unconscious"?
by CatLin
Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY
Replies: 50
Views: 24025

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING IMAGERY

I'm loving the edit exchange! I agree with Steve about "flutter". "Flew" changes the scene from the smell of breakfast gradually waking him up to jolting him awake. But I agree with Jan that it's girlie. :) Maybe "flicker"? Okay, for homework...two sentences off the cuff. This event actually just ha...
by CatLin
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for CUP AND SAUCER Challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 1325

Re: Highest Rankings for CUP AND SAUCER Challenge

One title on this list made me laugh out loud. A hearty congratulations and well done to all who made the "lists", and to all who put yourself out there and hit submit this week.
by CatLin
Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:03 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MEMOIR AND 1ST PERSON NARRATIVE
Replies: 31
Views: 41195

Re: Be a Better Writer--MEMOIR AND 1ST PERSON NARRATIVE

Love your mini-memoir, Rachel. You cracked me up. :D
by CatLin
Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MEMOIR AND 1ST PERSON NARRATIVE
Replies: 31
Views: 41195

Re: Be a Better Writer--MEMOIR AND 1ST PERSON NARRATIVE

When I first joined FaithWriters, the Challenge (and main reason I joined) was on break, and after reading everything in the FAQ's and making myself home on the main site and especially the boards, I started writing. My mom had just died, and two of those first "stories" back in 2006 were shortish, ...
by CatLin
Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS
Replies: 17
Views: 9030

Re: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS

Hi Jan! Here are a few Haiku from my Poetry files - I'll work on limericks today. :) sunset on water brilliant colors paint the sky kaleidoscopic smoke-filled autumn air red flames nibble at darkness camp fires dot the night Glistening turquoise Roils into foaming whitecaps, Crests, curls, crashes, ...
by CatLin
Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--THE FINAL JUDGING CRITERION
Replies: 8
Views: 6347

Re: Be a Better Writer--THE FINAL JUDGING CRITERION

When I was a volunteer judge back in the day, this was the hardest criterion for me to judge. I finally settled on looking at how likely I would be to read this sci-fi short story in a magazine that catered to sci-fi aficionados (to build on your example). It was kind of like a mash-up of all the ca...
by CatLin
Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--DEALING WITH NEGATIVE CRITIQUE
Replies: 48
Views: 26724

Re: Be a Better Writer--DEALING WITH NEGATIVE CRITIQUE

I don't remember ever receiving hurtful "criticism" as some of you have, but I've had some negative critiques, as in - this didn't make sense, I don't understand this part, it would be stronger if you did this or that -- and I've at times been stung and at times thankful for the improvement pointers...
by CatLin
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--TELL, DON'T SHOW? WHAT?
Replies: 42
Views: 22376

Re: Be a Better Writer--TELL, DON'T SHOW? WHAT?

Thanks for permission to break the cardinal show/don't tell rule! (on occasion and when necessary). I sometimes feel under such extreme pressure to "show" everything, my words freeze up somewhere between my head and my fingers. I smiled when I read your example paragraphs about woman out of wood and...
by CatLin
Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER
Replies: 65
Views: 41602

Re: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

I think I have a natural ear for rhythm/meter, and yes, a rhyming poem that doesn't have a consistent meter is hard for me to read. Shann, I wonder if an editor could tweak the meter of your poems for you? Jan, reading the "altered" version of Amazing Grace, I was re-writing it in my head: Wonderful...
by CatLin
Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--LEARNING FROM THE PROS
Replies: 44
Views: 21019

Re: Be a Better Writer--LEARNING FROM THE PROS

rcthebanditqueen wrote:
CatLin wrote:I'm a fan of long sentences. I write a lot of them, but then go back and painstakingly break them up while editing because I've been called out on them. Why is it okay in Pulitzer prize winning novels but not for the average Joe Writer?
^ THIS. I am the same way.
:D :coolsign
by CatLin
Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--LEARNING FROM THE PROS
Replies: 44
Views: 21019

Re: Be a Better Writer--LEARNING FROM THE PROS

I'm reading "The Goldfinch" by Diana Tartt and am absolutely enthralled. I love her metaphorical descriptions and the soft gentle 1st person voice that is telling you a sad, horrible story. I opened my Kindle PC app and this is just a random example from a scene where she makes a cluttered furniture...
by CatLin
Tue May 20, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be A Better Writer--BREAKING THE RULES
Replies: 16
Views: 8413

Re: Be A Better Writer--BREAKING THE RULES

Great lesson Jan! I've broken all of these rules and lived to tell about it. :) For example, in this opening paragraph, I broke #3, twice. This challenge entry was an Editor's Choice. (I also just saw, for the very first time ever, an extra word in the 2nd sentence :roll: ) "Although she was very aw...
by CatLin
Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be A Better Writer--Self-Editing
Replies: 23
Views: 11559

Re: Be A Better Writer--Self-Editing

Lillian, after reading your post, I realized I do also give and receive advice based on the challenge rating categories. I always go down the list in my head and ask my husband, after I've read a story out loud - did it begin well? did it end well? did it make sense? in addition to correcting typos....

Go to advanced search