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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 10:11 pm
by choosingjoy
Hi Jan, :lol:

#1
At the office where she worked, angry words from irate clients were becoming an everyday occurence.

The preschool graduate didn't understand why she had to attend kindergarten every day. :?

#2
Something that helps me to give a unique touch to fiction is to bring out some strong personality trait in a MC.
For instance: Andy drummed his thumbs impatiently on the magazine table. Didn't the receptionist realize he'd been waiting for over ten minutes ?

(Used my hubby for this illustration) :roll:

#3 - I have to think about, but I'll be back. I want to try it. :typing2

Your suggestions were all really good. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us,

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 10:24 pm
by glorybee
Excellent, Genia. I love your suggestion of a 'strong personality trait'. Too many stories have bland, vanilla characters.

I'm looking forward to your next contribution!

PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 2:57 pm
by FreedomWriter
HOMEWORK #1

1. Must he blow his leaves in my yard every day?

2. His everyday habit of blowing leaves in my yard makes me want to get a blower of my own.

HOMEWORK #2

I enjoy reading short stories with a hidden interpretation within it. I sometimes navigate my writing that way, which is risky, risky!


HOMEWORK #3

Working on it. :D

PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 5:53 pm
by glorybee
Thanks for you input--can you say more about the hidden meanings? How do you go about that?

Looking forward to your next post.

PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 5:56 pm
by CatLin
glorybee wrote:Looking forward to your next post.


Me too!!
:D

PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 2:15 pm
by FreedomWriter
Well, that I am not sure!
I tried it this week with my challenge entry.

For instance-

Overinflated basketballs don't respond well. - (Puffed up).

Okay. So I have tweaking to do!

Homework #1

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 8:52 am
by eearth
Every day is a different day, even when I just do everyday things during that day.

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 9:15 am
by glorybee
Freedom Writer--I think I understand what you're getting at--making statements that the reader can infer meaning from, rather than just outright saying the thing. It's essentially "showing, not telling". Am I right?

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 9:16 am
by glorybee
Ernie--exactly!

Now, I just noticed that you're from Florida...and I see your picture...are you SURE you're not...

Ernest Hemingway?

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 6:53 pm
by FreedomWriter
My goodness. Beth said it in her gold box to me on this week's challenge.
They're metaphors. Duh.

#3 topic

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:48 am
by flyingcross
“Only one person, that’s all I need--one person to care.” The fallen angel’s light glowed softly, beckoning someone, anyone to help her.

She was cast out, but had fallen hard, and without that one person she would die. She cried out, and her beacon glowed, but was slowly fading.

She felt them looking at her, hundreds of them flashing by with the soft whoosh of tires and intermittent horn, even loud music filtered to her as she lay in the ditch. They were all curious, but no one had time, she felt it all as her light started to go out. “Not one person,” she sighed.

Then she saw blonde curls and smiles. “Mommy, I told you I saw something shiny.”

“I know honey, I saw it too. I was just in such a hurry.”

The child picks up the injured puppy and reads its shiny tag-- “Angel”.

Thanks,
Cindy

#1

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:33 pm
by flyingcross
In my dreams I live every day like my last. That’s why everyday things are only outside my dreams.

Thanks,
Cindy

Re: #3 topic

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:42 pm
by glorybee
Cindy, I love how you took my scenario and looked at it from the POV of the 'something shiny'--I beleive you're the only person to do that, and for that I give you a belated gold star (I've been on vacation, sorry).

flyingcross wrote:“Only one person, that’s all I need--one person to care.” The fallen angel’s light glowed softly, beckoning someone, anyone to help her.

She was cast out, but had fallen hard, and without that one person she would die. She cried out, and her beacon glowed, but was slowly fading.

She felt them looking at her, hundreds of them flashing by with the soft whoosh of tires and intermittent horn, even loud music filtered to her as she lay in the ditch. They were all curious, but no one had time, she felt it all as her light started to go out. “Not one person,” she sighed.

Then she saw blonde curls and smiles. “Mommy, I told you I saw something shiny.”

“I know honey, I saw it too. I was just in such a hurry.”

The child picks up the injured puppy and reads its shiny tag-- “Angel”.

Thanks,
Cindy


A few things you might want to work on: the two sentences I have highlighted in green both contain comma splices, and the verbs highlighted in red are problematical--they are present tense verbs, while the rest of the verbs in your snippet are past tense verbs. The only one that might work is 'smiles' if you meant it as a plural noun rather than a verb--but that's a problem, too, as it's easily mis-read.

Those are very minor tweaks in a very creative bit of writing--well done! And your 'every day/everyday' homework was well done, too! Thanks for contributing to this lesson!

Re: #11--Creative, Unique, Fresh

PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:44 am
by ShayneThill
Cell phone out of signals? Maybe, your phone was disabled by a phone blocker.

Re: #11--Creative, Unique, Fresh

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:12 pm
by GracedCountryGirl
I wanted to thank you for this treasure of lesson's. I am a little red-faced to have started trying to critique and write for the challenge not finding these first. I have read through four tonight and will continue until I finish them all. Thank you again.
God Bless :coolsign :coolsign