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by Vonnie
Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--RESOURCES FOR THE WRITER
Replies: 13
Views: 11713

Re: Be a Better Writer--RESOURCES FOR THE WRITER

I get an e-mail every day. I think this is the link to sign up for the newsletter:

http://www.freelancewriting.com/newslet ... g-jobs.php

Not sure how I got started with this. Must have been searching the web or something.
by Vonnie
Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--RESOURCES FOR THE WRITER
Replies: 13
Views: 11713

Re: Be a Better Writer--RESOURCES FOR THE WRITER

This might not be quite what you are looking for, but Brian Scott has a FreelanceWriting Morning Coffee Newsletter. He lists, daily, many different magazines, and businesses that are looking for writers. I haven't used the site to get a job yet, but am looking at possible magazines to consider once ...
by Vonnie
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Ask Me Anything (Again)
Replies: 17
Views: 9717

Re: Be a Better Writer--Ask Me Anything (Again)

Yes, that is exactly what I was looking for. I would want to be able to work with an editor to help me get my point of view expressed in a way that my readers will understand. I write mostly non-fiction, as I am not good with plot and characterization. I have looked at the list of editors you mentio...
by Vonnie
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Ask Me Anything (Again)
Replies: 17
Views: 9717

Re: Be a Better Writer--Ask Me Anything (Again)

I know very little about the process of publishing a book, so I have lots of questions. I'll just ask a couple right now since you opened it up for discussion. If I were to hire you to edit my book, would you prefer the finished product or one chapter at a time? Also, do you just edit it for grammar...
by Vonnie
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--MEMOIR AND 1ST PERSON NARRATIVE
Replies: 31
Views: 48962

Re: Be a Better Writer--MEMOIR AND 1ST PERSON NARRATIVE

The truth is no one really cares about my life, they are only interested if it can make their life better in some way. So how do you come up with something to interest others? Can you appeal to the emotions, like laughter for instance? My life is not what you would call normal, but who cares, right?...
by Vonnie
Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winners for LOCK AND KEY Challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 2136

Re: Winners for LOCK AND KEY Challenge

Congratulations to all the winner! I was excited to get a 'highly commended' on my story "Looking for Keys". I noticed that another's name is placed by my article on this list. I know it must be an honest mistake. Blessings to all! LaVonne
by Vonnie
Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS
Replies: 17
Views: 11545

Re: Be a Better Writer--TINY POEMS

I love the limerick poem but very seldom write poetry. This one is not an exact rhyme but wanted to post it anyway.

Every week Jan has a lesson
Giving all an invite to the session
If you come to stay
And you'd do what she'd say
Then your writing would not keep you quessin'
by Vonnie
Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--LEARNING FROM CRITIQUE
Replies: 7
Views: 5013

Re: Be a Better Writer--LEARNING FROM CRITIQUE

You pointed out that she should use italics instead of quotation marks when the MC was thinking to herself. Is that normally how you how you are supposed to do it or just a preference? Just want to thank you for these classes and for critiquing my article in the critique circle. You have helped me a...
by Vonnie
Wed May 07, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--GIVING AND RECEIVING CRITIQUE
Replies: 17
Views: 13470

Re: Be a Better Writer--GIVING AND RECEIVING CRITIQUE

Jan, Everyone likes to be praised for their work, but I joined this site to learn how to become a better writer. I am usually disappointed that I don't get more constructive critiques. Sometimes when I don't win or place in the 'Writer's Challenge', I wonder why my mistakes were not pointed out by s...
by Vonnie
Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--GREAT BEGINNINGS
Replies: 21
Views: 11547

Re: Be a Better Writer--GREAT BEGINNINGS

Thanks Jan for all the wonderful points on beginning paragraphs. I can see why some of mine have not been that great. Here is my homework, a piece called "A Whale of An Opportunity". This one is non-fiction. http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level1-previous.php?id=47015 Although I started with ...
by Vonnie
Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Craftsmanship--the 3rd judging criterion
Replies: 30
Views: 25623

Re: Be a Better Writer--Craftsmanship, and a CONTEST

Jan, I really like the idea of writing from a different POV than the usual. After all, most of us think we know how to handle situations better than the one who is going through the struggle. So our MC could be someone watching from the side-lines. Is it a good idea to write from two point of views?...
by Vonnie
Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ATMOSPHERE
Replies: 25
Views: 13704

Re: Be a Better Writer--ATMOSPHERE

Thanks for your rewrite and suggestions. To this point I have mostly written devotionals. I think I need to work at some fiction writing and establishing settings and characters. So much to learn! Thanks for your help. Vonnie
by Vonnie
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--ATMOSPHERE
Replies: 25
Views: 13704

Re: Be a Better Writer--ATMOSPHERE

Hi Jan, I missed last week but went back and read the lesson anyway. As for this lesson, I can really tell the difference in atmosphere. In the first paragraph she seemed more concerned about herself than the baby, not really wanting to be burdened. In the second paragraph she seemed a little fearfu...
by Vonnie
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Writing on topic
Replies: 44
Views: 37839

Re: Be a Better Writer--Writing on topic

Jan, I really appreciate this lesson and all the good advice. I read your story about the river and believe it was on topic. The river was essential to the story and was part of the story in three different instances. I usually try to Google the topic or look it up in the dictionary to get some idea...
by Vonnie
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:51 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Be a Better Writer--Devotionals
Replies: 87
Views: 122421

Re: Be a Better Writer--Devotionals

Thanks Jan for your comments on my devotional. I agree with you that I should just keep love as the missing "ingredient". I was thinking I might have messed up those last lines. Really appreciate your input on the beginning of the devotional. As for Friendship Bread - some friend gives you a starter...

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