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by GShuler
Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #9--Writing on Topic
Replies: 65
Views: 99165

I'm a Beginner at heart. I was just placed in Masters accidentally because of too many EC wins. :roll: I have a suggestion on how to get the target groups to respond... if it doesn't breach any Faithwriter protocols. Those of us in upper levels could add a link to this class (maybe even specific les...
by GShuler
Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #8--Developing Interesting Characters
Replies: 69
Views: 83258

The theme was "Home" and the story is "Home Is Where They Send You Next". As to comments about characterization: When ever I am trying to develop a character (especially a major one) I write down at least one trait that would make him (or her) memorable. Maybe he thinks a lot, like in the example ab...
by GShuler
Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #8--Developing Interesting Characters
Replies: 69
Views: 83258

I broke a school rule! I commented earlier and didn't do the homework... sorry. Here is a rewrite of one of my early pieces. Nelson sighed deeply as he watched tree shadows dancing on the moonlit wall of his bedroom. He chuckled a sad chuckle. How could he have thought of it, even for an instant, as...
by GShuler
Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Poetry Class--Villanelle
Replies: 23
Views: 22540

Sorry, this is all I could come up with for the assignment. My only "method" was to pick simple words that could be easily rhymed and then add a few poetic devices. I also kept the "a" lines at 11 beats and the "b" lines at 8 beats. I have a question. Are the lines supposed to be in separated sets o...
by GShuler
Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:37 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Poetry Class--TRIOLET
Replies: 58
Views: 42534

I got out of a chair today and three bones creaked louder than the chair, so......... Can someone tell me when I grew so old? The carriage ride of life went oh, so fast. My youthful hopes, my dreams have grown cold... can someone tell me when I grew so old? With pen in hand the stories must be told ...
by GShuler
Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Poetry Class--TRIOLET
Replies: 58
Views: 42534

I'll be first with something simple (it only took five minutes, so don't expect much.) Later maybe I can do something deeper. Point me in the way that I should go, I promise not to question what you say. Lord, I’ll always seek the truth you show; Point me in the way that I should go. Keep me from th...
by GShuler
Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:33 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Poetry Class--ACROSTIC
Replies: 36
Views: 31611

I know I usually write fun, light fluff but please forgive me this time. My wife just passed away and this is the only time I plan on giving in to writing how I feel. Funny can come later. The main thing I was trying to do was let the acrostic answer the question in the first line. Climbing Out Clim...
by GShuler
Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:17 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Poetry Class--LIMERICK
Replies: 75
Views: 54835

First, traditional: A gallant old gent from Jafar Desired to buy a new car. He had money enough Although counting was tough... It was pennies in ten thousand jars. Now a non-traditional one that I wrote years ago: At Limericks my talent is fine, I write them each night as I dine... But it seems rath...
by GShuler
Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan"s Poetry Class--CLERIHEW
Replies: 62
Views: 46857

I am offering proof that this type of poetry is way above my head and skill level: (I am using this first one because I am famous in my own family.) Gerald D. Shuler Uses a ruler For writing in meter... But clarihews are definately sweeter. Job Doesn't rhyme with rob, but robe. Does it matter, anywa...
by GShuler
Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:23 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Poetry Class: Haiku
Replies: 110
Views: 68267

I know these shouldn't rhyme but is internal rhyming taboo as well?


I see you flying
in defiance of science.
Stay free, Bumblebee.

This one is just for fun:

Don't count your chickens
while they are still in the egg...
they may be guineas.
by GShuler
Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:55 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--Quatrain
Replies: 55
Views: 44381

This is NOT deep but at least the ryhme, meter and accents are identical in each line of the poem... even though the length of the lines vary. That is really all I was trying to do. I recall when I was small and little things still mattered I gave a frog to Sally Ann... She wasn't even flattered. Ti...
by GShuler
Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:25 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--TITLE
Replies: 78
Views: 66883

glorybee wrote:Thanks, Laura--that's very gracious!

I feel like a fraud today--I just submitted my 'up and down' piece with the WORST. TITLE. EVER.
Thanks to your class, I have submitted the BEST title ever... but boy, did the story ever fall short!
by GShuler
Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--TITLE
Replies: 78
Views: 66883

Jan, your classes have been the thing I look forward to the most in my week of FaithWriter activities. You have the perfect blend of "Let me teach you; now, you teach me." Every lesson has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to more. Enjoy your time off from this classroom full of difficult ...
by GShuler
Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SYMBOLISM
Replies: 67
Views: 52806

Know why there are 6 jars in the story? http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level3.php?id=28195 Now, remember, I have already confessed to over doing the interpretation part, but I am going to take a wild, but legit guess: Everything God created was created in six days. The pots each represent o...
by GShuler
Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:59 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SYMBOLISM
Replies: 67
Views: 52806

I love to have a few more people weigh in on the 'ownership' of a piece of writing. Does it mean only what the author meant it to mean? Or does it mean what the reader thinks it means? Perhaps a little bit of both? Confession time: I am guilty of LOVING to over search deep meanings. I think that is...

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