Search found 45 matches

by choosingjoy
Sun May 16, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #10--More about writing "on topic"
Replies: 15
Views: 17934

:idea: I am late on reading this lesson, but glad I did. I too like the "test" question: "Could I have written this same story without [topic]?"
Thanks again for your lessons, Jan, and I really like the idea of your covering the challenge criteria. That will be a big help. :mrgreen:
by choosingjoy
Fri May 14, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for THE MANUSCRIPT
Replies: 17
Views: 8189

:lol: Hi Friends, I am mostly a lurker/reader, and not a post-er, but couldn't resist this time. When I first joined FW, I made a couple of comments on one of Jan's great lessons. I said I was a beginner, an aspiring writer, and a retired grandmother ; and that my goal was to disprove the adage,"You...
by choosingjoy
Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #9--Writing on Topic
Replies: 65
Views: 81491

Writing on topic

Morning, Jan, Having the criteria as a series of lessons is a great idea. Thanks for thinking of it. As for topic ideas, I also google sometimes, or even go to the dictionary or thesaurus before beginning. It just gets my mind going in the right direction. However, it can also overload my brain (not...
by choosingjoy
Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Hyphens
Replies: 6
Views: 9037

Hyphens

Oh yes! I especially liked "the old sewing machine collector." :lol:

Most helpful, maybe to me is #8, about the "coined" or "occasional" compound.

Like Green Leaves, I hope to remember this, :heehee but will remember your advice to use a dictionary.

Thanks Ann,
by choosingjoy
Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #8--Developing Interesting Characters
Replies: 69
Views: 71864

Creating More Interesting Characters

Recalling this, I also thought of Anna and hundreds like her who took all things in stride, even the wind and weather, and went about the business of life with hard work and positive attitudes. They seemed at peace with their God and their surroundings. At your suggestion, this is from an old chall...
by choosingjoy
Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes - Explanations Added
Replies: 27
Views: 27775

Yes, Ann, thanks. I discovered the two hyphen dash thing in writing challenge articles, and just forgot. :idea: It works on my Word program, but not on the forum board, I believe. Also good to be reminded, because it's easy for me to confuse hyphens and dashes, thus I left spaces. :roll: Thanks again.
by choosingjoy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes - Explanations Added
Replies: 27
Views: 27775

:redface2
Oh yeah, and after I get this lesson down, I'll work on my typos. I see that I spelled incorrect incorrectly. lol

Also, dessert is missing an s.

Oh well, one thing at a time.

:heehee


:grouphug :grouphug
by choosingjoy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes - Explanations Added
Replies: 27
Views: 27775

Hi Ann, Here goes: I will label them correct or incorrect, according to my understanding , which may be in question. :lol: The angry mob came nearer - not a familiar face among them - as Ed backed inside and latched the door. (Correct) Benson - leader of the uprising - and his friends, Jake, Slim, a...
by choosingjoy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics--Three Mini-Lessons
Replies: 16
Views: 14105

Hi again, Jan, I thought of a couple of "local" expressions that, like drowned , are heard often, but quite incorrect, I guess. :oops: We talk about doing a task or having to learn something, but say: "We still have a ways to go." I tried to find it's use anywhere in the dictionary, but couldn't. :b...
by choosingjoy
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes - Explanations Added
Replies: 27
Views: 27775

Ann, this is quite interesting to me, and I'm not sure. When to use a dash is always puzzling to me. Is it truly a matter of being less formal? :shock: The dash seems to set things apart in a more stark way, and I'm a bit leery of it, but I just have a "gut" feeling that it needs to be there sometim...
by choosingjoy
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics--Three Mini-Lessons
Replies: 16
Views: 14105

I am literally bowled over with this mini-lesson. In fact, I might just drowned myself, I thought to myself . :helpwobble Thanks for all these, Jan. Guess it seemed so easy to comment that I couldn't help it. :sorry They are all too familiar to me. Your lessons are great, but I don't usually try to ...
by choosingjoy
Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:18 am
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for PHEW!
Replies: 10
Views: 5782

:music2 Congratulations to all! Haven't been writing this quarter at all, because of some stuff happening, and because I can't seem to capture these particular topics in my writing imagination. :? :? :? However, I've been reading a lot of the good entries, :book2 and hope to be back in the swing soo...
by choosingjoy
Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: An In-Depth Look Into The Writer's Emotions
Replies: 33
Views: 13041

:grouphug I so relate to this. I blame part of it on the world's push to succeed, excel, win, make it to the top, etc. When I learned that my worth to God has very little to do with this, it helped me tremendously. :angel2 Still, like all of you have expressed, there is something in me that gets waa...
by choosingjoy
Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:57 am
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for EMPTY NEST/RETIREMENT
Replies: 19
Views: 9008

:grouphug Congratulations to all. First week I've not entered in some time. Strange too, because we are retired, and nothing would come to my mind that hasn't already been said - good :P and bad :cry: - about retirement. Like they say, maybe, can't see the forest for the trees. Anyway, love reading ...
by choosingjoy
Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--TITLE
Replies: 78
Views: 55134

:thankssign Jan, I have just now got around to reading your helps on titles. Thanks so much. It is very helpful, but makes me know how many times I've flunked out on title alone. I had a title idea for this next time which is actually a quote in my story, and it looks sort of dumb without quotation ...

Go to advanced search