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by yvonblake
Sat May 14, 2016 7:01 am
Forum: Forewarned is Forearmed
Topic: Very Strange
Replies: 4
Views: 4012

Very Strange

Twice in the last month, I've received notices from my Google Alert of this site - http://yfyiginoy.ru/vamage.pdf . I don't know how they got a copy of my book, accept on Amazon where Createspace at posted it. I know I've sold Kindle versions of it there. But can they legally give away free download...
by yvonblake
Mon May 02, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 2
Replies: 13
Views: 8965

Re: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 2

I have an observation - (and question) I've noticed that even young children like a series of similar books. I'm thinking of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and the variations of it . . . also the "Goodnight Moon" variations. I know that kids like something that they are familiar with. I also noticed...
by yvonblake
Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 1
Replies: 17
Views: 11860

Re: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 1

Thanks, Joanne. I'm looking forward to see what you've learned. I've been considering writing a children's picture book. (and I've been reading many of them recently to my grandkids) I can see how they could be harder to write than books for older people. I'm learning which ones the kids like better...
by yvonblake
Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Share Your Success - Cheering Section
Replies: 16
Views: 12768

Re: Share Your Success - Cheering Section

Over the last few years, I've been compiling my Challenge entries into books - COUNTRY STORE COLLECTIONS (something for everyone) http://www.yvonnebeverlyblake.com/country-store-books.html I like to write Bible stories from a different perspective, and so I had quite a collection of short stories an...
by yvonblake
Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Setting the Scene Correctly
Replies: 13
Views: 7428

Re: Setting the Scene Correctly

Great lesson, Jan . . . and good examples. I found, when researching for my historical novel, that you can't assume anything. Look up fashions (for different levels of society), items bought at a store, money used, subjects taught at school, schedule of school days/vacation, hymns sung at church, et...
by yvonblake
Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ONOMATOPOEIA
Replies: 8
Views: 8943

Re: Be a Better Writer--ONOMATOPOEIA

I didn't learn the word onomatopoeia until I was an adult. I knew that there were words that made a sound, but no one had taught me the name for them. (I teach it to kids now in my classes.) As a grandmother, I know that children's books that contain onomatopoeia are loved by kids. Here's one of my ...
by yvonblake
Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Christian Writers' Groups
Topic: Maine Writing Group
Replies: 0
Views: 2434

Maine Writing Group

There is a Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers that meets every other month. I didn't discover this group until just a few years ago, but it was established twenty years ago. It is a relatively small group (about 50 members) but we are able to meet in the home of one of the leaders. Last year, we ...
by yvonblake
Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--NONFICTION AND RESEARCH
Replies: 14
Views: 8949

Re: Be a Better Writer--NONFICTION AND RESEARCH

When I taught elementary school, it was hard for the kids not to write down whole thoughts when they researched for a report. I taught them to only write a number and one associated word - to remember what the number meant or names of people and places - to be sure they are spelled correctly or sing...
by yvonblake
Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--KNOWING WRITING LINGO
Replies: 16
Views: 10405

Re: Be a Better Writer--KNOWING WRITING LINGO

Ten years ago, I barely knew half of these. Thanks to Faithwriters (like you, Jan) and other online writing blogs, classes, and websites, I've learned most of them. I hadn't heard of "Deus ex machina " though. From the term "deux," I assumed it had to do with a supernatural power or God. I looked it...
by yvonblake
Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- Last lesson on VOICE
Replies: 5
Views: 4177

Re: Be a Better Writer -- Last lesson on VOICE

Good lessons, Jan. Finding your own voice is hard when you're a beginner. I think you have to write and write until your voice surfaces - the tone, the vocabulary, the themes that come out most often. It's like trying to act normal. The more you think about it, the less normal you act. Here's my rep...
by yvonblake
Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--WORD CHOICE
Replies: 8
Views: 5657

Re: Be a Better Writer--WORD CHOICE

Great article, Jan.

The more I write, and encourage others with their writing, I find this to be my theme. Using good vocabulary is the key to better writing.

Thanks for the links.

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by yvonblake
Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION
Replies: 33
Views: 13675

Re: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION

When I first heard that the topic was SCI-FI or FANTASY, I cringed. I thought, "This is definitely not my genre." But then reading this, I realized that I write it more often than I thought. This one is a favorite of mine "Song of the Sunbeams." Our pastor was preaching on the Triumphant Entry and J...
by yvonblake
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CREATIVITY
Replies: 23
Views: 23265

Re: Be a Better Writer--CREATIVITY

Yes, my answer for #2 would have been incorrect if I stopped at the character being homeless. It would need a twist to show how they did have a home - just not like everyone else. (Speaking of being creative - I'm having a hard time thinking of something different for this week's topic "Light at the...
by yvonblake
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--CREATIVITY
Replies: 23
Views: 23265

Re: Be a Better Writer--CREATIVITY

Jan, from the time I joined Faithwriters, I thought your stories were very creative. You'd make up characters/creatures/settings and give them personalities that we fell in love with. You'd insert poems or put in a twist that took our breath away. I learned from your creativity to put some fun into ...
by yvonblake
Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY, #2
Replies: 24
Views: 20203

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY

This week's 1st place Challenge entry is an excellent example of free verse.

Suppositions by Linda Goergen

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