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by GeraldShuler
Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--DEALING WITH NEGATIVE CRITIQUE
Replies: 48
Views: 32546

Re: Be a Better Writer--DEALING WITH NEGATIVE CRITIQUE

I have a piece here that's not only my favorite piece I've ever written for FW, it's the best thing I've ever written (in my opinion) and probably the best thing I ever WILL write. But it didn't register with the judges that week--not only did it not get an EC, it wasn't even in the top 40 (they we...
by GeraldShuler
Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--DEALING WITH NEGATIVE CRITIQUE
Replies: 48
Views: 32546

Re: Be a Better Writer--DEALING WITH NEGATIVE CRITIQUE

I have, as have we all, received far more positive feedback than negative. There was one entry, though, that blew me away. It was the first time I had written about a very personal experience in my childhood without putting any fiction candy coating to it. I bore my soul to the public and for the fi...
by GeraldShuler
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--TELL, DON'T SHOW? WHAT?
Replies: 42
Views: 27181

Re: Be a Better Writer--TELL, DON'T SHOW? WHAT?

Jan, thank you for this lesson. I have been trying to understand the concept of showing/telling for some time now. I wrote a short story on the general submissions called "The Good Life" that I think is almost entirely telling rather than showing. If you would, could you look at it and tell me which...
by GeraldShuler
Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--BREAKING THE RULES, part 2
Replies: 24
Views: 14162

Re: Be a Better Writer--BREAKING THE RULES, part 2

Jan, you said in this lesson that you are not fond of the "show versus tell" style of writing. Would you mind sharing your reasons for that lack of fondness? And maybe a few examples of when "tell" would work better than "show"?
by GeraldShuler
Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Best of the Best Winners - 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 7822

Re: Best of the Best Winners - 2014

What an unexpected honor that my simple story is seen in the same arena as Graham's and Kenn's. Congratulations guys.

Thanks from my heart.
Gerald Shuler
by GeraldShuler
Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER
Replies: 65
Views: 48415

Re: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

Jan, I wrote a poem for one of your classes (sorry, I don't recall which one) called "Things Found Along the Road". You were teaching a certain type of poetry style that had a preset form of repeating lines. I wrote it in 10, 10, 10, 10 rhythm with alternating stress throughout. The poem has eight v...
by GeraldShuler
Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:51 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--USING DIALECT
Replies: 20
Views: 11584

Re: Be a Better Writer--USING DIALECT

I wrote one just to play with the idea of dialect. The POV was voiced in a back hills, uneducated American dialect and he is telling about trying to communicate with a refined, educated relative in England. My challenge in this one was in writing the Englishman's dialect as repeated by the American ...
by GeraldShuler
Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Having a point #1--6th judging criterion
Replies: 13
Views: 11985

Re: Be a Better Writer--THE SIXTH JUDGING CRITERION

Jan, I wanted to offer this for class analysis because it is one of the things you mentioned in this lesson... sci-fi in 750 words or less with a whole new world to build. How would the judges probably view this story as far as the sixth criteria? I don't know if this example is good or needs to be ...
by GeraldShuler
Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be A Better Writer--THE MAGIC ENDING
Replies: 57
Views: 45454

Re: Be A Better Writer--THE MAGIC ENDING

I wrote the worst ending of anything I have ever done with a poem called "I'll Take My Tea" http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-previous.php?id=28635 I totally cheated the reader with a cop out ending. My reason at the time was that I had run out of time and needed to finish by the challen...
by GeraldShuler
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Conclusion #2--the 5th judging criterion
Replies: 40
Views: 33451

Re: Be a Better Writer--GREAT ENDINGS

I had a challenge entry (The Problem with Englishmen... http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4.php?id=27512) that went no place favorable with the judges and had very few comments from readers but it was fun to write. It was about a hillbilly from America meeting a relative from England for t...
by GeraldShuler
Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:01 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Cliches
Replies: 11
Views: 8023

Re: Be a Better Writer--Cliches

take the bull by the horns ... grab the dragon's nose ring my hands are tied ... life has me pinned down it’s in the cards ... destiny won't let go elephant in the room ... dancing on daisies wash your hands of something ... I'm letting go of the rope all that jazz ... all the sprinkles on the cake ...
by GeraldShuler
Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--GREAT BEGINNINGS
Replies: 21
Views: 11504

Re: Be a Better Writer--GREAT BEGINNINGS

Assignment: Day of the Long Star It had been whispered in hushed conversations, almost like a prophecy of legendary proportions, that old Hilka would not slip into his final sleep until the stars had revealed their secrets to him. The meaning of those words remained a mystery, even to Hilka, until t...
by GeraldShuler
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ATMOSPHERE
Replies: 25
Views: 13676

Re: Be a Better Writer--ATMOSPHERE

Here is my attempt at writing for atmosphere. Carson looked nervously around the courtroom, hoping beyond hope that he would see in somebody's eyes a glimmer of sympathy. He saw only contempt; they had judged him before the trial had even begun. The truth will set you free , he thought. If they beli...
by GeraldShuler
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ATMOSPHERE
Replies: 25
Views: 13676

Re: Be a Better Writer--ATMOSPHERE

I started guessing at the rest of the book's plot just from reading the samples. In the first sample the atmosphere seemed stiff, snobbish, cold. I saw Kimberly as a woman born into wealth and raised with the expectation that the world was hers to command. She had a baby only because her aging husba...

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