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by yarra
Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:06 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.
Replies: 61
Views: 27522

Re: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.

Thanks, Jan, for your answer to my question. Most helpful, thanks.
Ellen
by yarra
Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:05 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.
Replies: 61
Views: 27522

Re: Be a Better Writer--ASK AN EDITOR/WRITER/Etc.

Hi Jan, I've enjoyed reading the questions and answers for this 'variegated' forum. Thanks for the books you, and others, have mentioned. I'm noting them for the times when I am looking for a good book and can't think of one. I belong to a (secular) book group. We read a set book each month and then...
by yarra
Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--COMPOUND SENTENCES
Replies: 23
Views: 15640

Re: Be a Better Writer--COMPOUND SENTENCES

Thanks Jan for this compound sentence lesson. It's an area in which I struggle. Before I submit some attempts at the various types of compound sentences may I query this one that you wrote: Early in the morning, we rattled into Savannah station; Beau’s mother sent a car to meet us there. I know it i...
by yarra
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--TIGHT WRITING
Replies: 102
Views: 64347

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

Hi Jan, I've just been reading through this 'Tight Writing' thread now, a couple of weeks after you wrote your lesson. I won't submit an attempt at the 100 word version but I have found your comments and your explanations as to why you cut certain words out really helpful. Thanks. Regarding the low ...
by yarra
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: New Writing Lessons--Part 2, Commonly Misused Words
Replies: 14
Views: 10370

Re: New Writing Lessons--Part 2, Commonly Misused Words

Thanks for these lessons on word misuse, Jan. The lie/lay one is one that often sounds wrong ro me but which I find tricky. I'll have to study the table on that link you included. Here's one about which I'd appreciate your comments. Line vs lane. Perhaps I'm overly pedantic but when I see signs that...
by yarra
Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons -- COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS
Replies: 66
Views: 36396

Re: Jan's New Writing Lessons -- COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS

Hi Jan, Interesting to note the commonly misused words. As Colin mentioned (above) there are some regional differences in spellings of words. We in Australia are tied more closely to the British spelling, but the American spelling is creeping in (to some people's annoyance - it all depends on your p...
by yarra
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY, #2
Replies: 24
Views: 18192

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

Thanks Jan for your comments. Much appreciated.
Blessings, Ellen
by yarra
Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY, #2
Replies: 24
Views: 18192

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

Thanks so much Jan for your encouraging comments. I did consider removing the part of the title in brackets and certainly will if I ever post the poem elsewhere. I value your opinion. Would you be happy to comment on one I'm just going to try to write right now in the style I see a lot? This is just...
by yarra
Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's New Writing Lessons--FREE VERSE POETRY, #2
Replies: 24
Views: 18192

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

Hi Jan, Am I too late to post a poem here for you to comment on? I am someone who finds some free verse much too 'free',when it has no patterns at all, or as you say, could just as easily be re-arranged into prose, or makes no obvious sense to me. So, I tend to write with rhyme, rhythm and/or patter...
by yarra
Sun May 20, 2012 1:28 am
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Direct speech - inverted commas
Replies: 3
Views: 3985

Re: Direct speech - inverted commas

Thanks for your very prompt reply. That's good to hear - that I can do it the way I'm used to doing it. Interestingly, after posting that I looked at a few books and the local newspaper and found that both ways are used here too, depending on the publishers I suppose. Thanks for clearing the issue u...
by yarra
Sun May 20, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: Ann's Grammar Basics
Topic: Direct speech - inverted commas
Replies: 3
Views: 3985

Direct speech - inverted commas

Regarding the use of inverted commas around direct speech, I have been using single inverted commas ( eg: Jane said, 'Hello.' ) but someone commented on that and queried whether it is allowable. I looked at some other people's writing and saw that double inverted commas are used more often on FaithW...

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