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by swfdoc1
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SUSPENSE
Replies: 57
Views: 44589

You may be right. Maybe I should have been suspensefully facetious instead of curiously facetious. But you were EXPECTING suspensefully facetious, and I'm still working on my SURPRISE technique. Gotcha!
by swfdoc1
Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:33 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SUSPENSE
Replies: 57
Views: 44589

I don’t know why people can’t look at my post. I will only state the most obvious question for each work. I will leave the more sophisticated questions to others. 1. The Lord of the Rings: I wonder how much shorter this will be in the Readers Digest version? 2. Charlotte’s Web: Is the runt of the li...
by swfdoc1
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SURPRISE
Replies: 41
Views: 32783

glorybee wrote:Wow, Steve! I'd love to spend a minute learning how your brain works!
A minute is about all it would take! :shock: On the other hand, a lot of us would like to spend about a year learning how YOUR brain works. :wink:
by swfdoc1
Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:45 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SURPRISE
Replies: 41
Views: 32783

OK. Now that hinting time has come, I want to see what you all think about my attempt at Surprise that I said I was working on for Asia. The Hint is: Advanced, near the bottom, immediately below someone else's entry that has a one word title. Based on the 3 comments I received prior to posting this ...
by swfdoc1
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:41 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SURPRISE
Replies: 41
Views: 32783

Thanks, Gerald! I have read "Tick Tock" before. It's great.
by swfdoc1
Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:05 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SURPRISE
Replies: 41
Views: 32783

NO! :lol: I don't consider myself too subtle a writer! Funny you should ask. I am working on an in-your-face surprise ending for my Asia entry, but I'm not sure I can make it work, so I may have to settle for a twist or a surprise-ish ending. But I don't really think there is a bright line between t...
by swfdoc1
Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SURPRISE
Replies: 41
Views: 32783

I’m not sure I have any really good examples. The first one, Across the Years, is surprise-ish, but probably does not have a surprise per se: http://faithwriters.com/wc-article-level1-previous.php?id=26783 . That’s actually what I was going for—surprise-ish. The second one, The Difference, definitel...
by swfdoc1
Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Replies: 33
Views: 30477

Steve, you've flummoxed me. I've never thought of a monologue or stream-of-consciousness in third person before. I'm still thinking about it. My suspicion is that it's not really a monologue...but I don't know if there's a name for it. Whatever it is, it has an interesting effect on the reader. It'...
by swfdoc1
Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:45 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Replies: 33
Views: 30477

Since I don’t have anything to link to, I’ll cheat on the homework. This blurb was not written for this class. It’s from my unpublished novel. It is an example of third person POV internal/interior monologue (with a little context). Note that with third person POV, you can interrupt and add a note f...
by swfdoc1
Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for "United Kingdom"
Replies: 24
Views: 10755

Symphonic wrote:Congratulations Jan, Cleo, Steve, and all the rest!


Carol S.
Thanks. It was gratifying in a non-competing, killing two birds with one stone, genre-mastering sort of way. (Some of you will get it!)
by swfdoc1
Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:18 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SETTING
Replies: 26
Views: 28861

Ok, this is really weird, I went to the dice rolling website and got remarkably similar results to Carol, although I don’t know whether you used a real die or not. Carol, I guess you got toddler, writer, in a busy city, 1950’s, a kitten. I got toddler, writer, in a small house, 1950’s, a kitten. So ...
by swfdoc1
Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for USA
Replies: 29
Views: 13140

Gotta give a special shout-out to Sonya Leigh, very new to the Challenge and already making a huge impression, and to Steve Fritchen, tops in Beginners in only his 2nd (I think) entry. Way to go, new people! Thanks, Jan. In the interest of full disclosure (there's the lawyer again), in addition to ...
by swfdoc1
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: Page Turner Writing Contest
Topic: 2009 Page Turner Contest is Online Now
Replies: 42
Views: 24355

Thanks.

I didn't see the info at this link: http://www.faithwriters.com/page-turner.php

Is there another link I should look at for more info?

Also, is there an upper limit?

Thanks.
by swfdoc1
Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: Page Turner Writing Contest
Topic: 2009 Page Turner Contest is Online Now
Replies: 42
Views: 24355

Many first chapters may be rather lengthy. However, many current Christain novels have very short chapters. I have a novel in which I took that route. Is it possible to submit more than one very short chapter? Perhaps a maximum word count could be an alternative to just a first chapter.
by swfdoc1
Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:40 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--REPETITION
Replies: 38
Views: 31116

Well, I can’t re-create everything I wrote last time for the post that went into the black hole. I’m getting ready for a 5-day road trip. I will just REPEAT what I said last time about my use of repetition in non-fiction, which use also has some application in fiction. I use repetition to avoid the ...

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