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  2. Amen! I've become hesitant to critique when asked. Nine times out of ten the person is actually looking for accolades, and it usually ends up like this:
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  4. 😕 :(  😕 :(  😕 :(  😕 :( 


    There's this contest on a forum I'm a member of (have I mentioned booksie.com to you?) but it's for flash fiction. I'm terrible at writing short. I've tried doing it so many times and failed miserably nearly each time I make an attempt.


    Something really annoying now: I can't type in "booksie" without it being automatically corrected to "books"!

    1. Alley


      Autocorrect is a pain. I meant to write, "she excused herself," and instead, it corrected to, "she executed herself." 🙄 That does not mean the same thing!!! 


      As for short stories, I found this book really helpful. 

      How to Write Short Stories And Use Them to Further Your Writing Career https://www.amazon.com/dp/0910355347/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_HSRtEbW8N5E8T

  5. This is a small section of a larger class Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson put online. Writers need to be giving toward others, critical thinkers who can remove emotion from the equation when giving and receiving criticism, and have thick skins when receiving constructive criticism from others. Sanderson says: Writing groups (without proper conditioning) will try to ruin your book. He talks about Discovery writers (Pantsers) and Outliners and how they will try to hijack your story until you're writing to the wrong audience rather than staying true to the vision of your story. When you're workshopping, try to be Descriptive rather than Proscriptive. "I was bored here" rather than "This is what you should do." Be positive, "I liked this character," before you get to Constructive Criticism. "I laughed out loud at this part." Discuss. If somebody said "I was bored here," feel free to jump in and say "I liked this part because of this." Learn when to drop it. If you have a pet peeve about a story, learn to be able to say "I have my peace about this story, this writer has heard what I have to say, let's leave this alone." When you're being Workshopped, you should avoid saying anything. Don't defend yourself, don't explain yourself, don't do anything. Treat your writing group like a test audience. And definitely don't argue with your writing group. (On occasion, at the end, you can ask questions if you want, but try to let them talk first. https://youtu.be/N4ZDBOc2tX8?t=1815
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    2. Alley


      That's great! 😊 I'm happy God is using your salvation story. 

    3. KR LaLonde

      KR LaLonde

      So am I!

      I seriously need to edit it, though. I'm not entirely certain why I "published" such a rough draft of it.

    4. Bob Leone

      Bob Leone

      Good for you!!

  7. Something strange I've noticed--.... What was I going to say? *yells at self (in her head) trying to remember*
  8. I'm sorry to hear that, and I hope that both you and your writing continue to prosper.
  9. Well, I'll be darned. I never thought of that either!
  10. First of all, GOOD DAY TO YOU! Unless it's after 12pm. Then I'll say GOOD AFTERNOON or GOOD EVENING!! Secondly, I'd like to again say I hope to participate here more often. I'll admit, though, it's not always an easy thing to do because I usually think what I write is closer to trash than worth keeping. Although I usually keep it anyway because I'll remember what not to write. Thirdly, I am going to try very hard to have something worth sharing written by the end of this week. That's Saturday, by the way.
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    I would love to try surfing, but I'm not sure I am a good enough swimmer for that. 😔 But... Skiing sounds fun! So I would pick skiing. 😊 And I would write about I too. 

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    2. Alley


      I don't know why, but I always picture the ocean as cool water. 

    3. Bob Leone

      Bob Leone

      It is relative. on a hot day a swimming pool of 80 degrees feels cold when you first get in. But on a cold day it feels hot. 


      I don't know what State you are in, but in Southern California the waters is perfect in the summer, Northern California where I live it is cold all year round, but it feels nice in the summer. In the pacific Island the water gets up to 86 degrees. Tropical island are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

    4. Alley


      I'm over here in land locked tornado alley. 😋 

  12. OH NO!! I'm sorry to learn you've been mistreated in this way. That's awful!! HAPPY WRITING all the same!!
  13. I'm attempting - again - to move most of the photos from my iPhone to my laptop. It's pretty slow going, but I'm getting there, I think.


    Also, I'm at a "new" Tim Hortons this morning, though I've been here before today. Mom and Dad had a breakfast meeting and I couldn't stay at home alone as long as they'll be. *smiles proudly* So here I am!!


    I'm really hoping this newer laptop (Dad got in on sale, so yay for me) will make it "easier" to get some actual decent writing in. Of course,  that'll also require me to concentrate. I do okay at home, and at TH isn't too bad.


    *feeling hopeful*

  14. Oh, my! I am so sorry for this, GW. This is almost a non-existent problem here. If the person meant it in a helpful way but worded it so that you took offense, I apologize. However, it is sometimes very difficult to get across compassion and help and tone is mistakenly received. We are all very concerned about you and love to help you, whether personally or with your writing. We would love to have you stay but you know what is best for you. We pray the very best for you in all things.
  15. Hmmm. Never thought of using museum pieces that way.
  16. I signed up. A diary is not a personal essay, but there are similarities, so I will give it a try.
  17. Firstly thanku for all those people that did welcome me. However I have been on the receiving end of a private message that was not ok. Yes I have taken action in the way that I am happy with. But I realise I am not well enough to participate in this forum. Even though I love good writing, however I don't love abuse.I am not well enough to deal with others, that appear they have it together in the seen, but their private message writing tells another story. Their writing is problematic to read and being on the receiving end of. I also realise my writing needs to be rested including my gifting. To tell u the truth, I am just done. I am going to retire and be focused on my life with God resting in Him. I would rather be with Jesus, than have to put up with abuse when I don't have to nor does Christ want me to. He wants me to be healed, not be hurt. Forums are and can be problematic to deal with particularly for the disabled and particularly for christians from our area and region, because we are different from you and where you are we see things from a different way. We also have a different witness of Lord Jesus Christ, and our nation is created for a different purpose, that Christ fulfils Himself. We also live in isolation. I am going to accept that I am not going to be writing nor reading at this time in the way I would have liked to. And I am not going to be surrounded by other writers because writing at present is problematic But I am going to be with Jesus. I am going to finish my journey and watch and learn How Lord Jesus Christ is going to finish my life off. I also am going to be ok, and hope the best for all, including the one that wrote to me privately. Goodbye everyone. God bless.
  18. Hello support, I wrote a reply to someones writing. However they took offence at it, and wrote to me in a way that is not ok. And I responded back to them, trying to get them to focus back on their post and writing and addressing what I have written. Because it went off topic. I don't want to discuss it, nor do I want to report this persons reply because had I not written on their post in the first place, they would not have written to me, and the whole situation would not have happened. I also saw my part in the provocation of this writer towards me, which means I saw the problems I had because of not writing in a direct, concise manner. And misunderstanding resulted. But I did see the problems writer and reader do have. I also see the problems people are having with communication. So in the end it will end up being valuable because a solutions will come. But for now If I can get it corrected, I would be grateful. GW
  19. Thank you so much, PN. Appreciate your prayers. And glad you're back. 🧡
  20. Holyblues


    There is no detail too small or big to merit the attention of our God.
  21. Thanku Rebecca, Ok. It wasn't a short story. It was my real life experience. I write like that for everything. I find it therapeutic but also uncomfortable at times. Its how I express my self. If I was a short story novelist it would be great, but since I go and live in places where people don't write or communicate like that, it can problematic. So its good to have an outlet. Thanks for saying it belonged in the reading room. But I can't see where the reading link is on the forum sections. Thanks for posting a link here so I can go to there. Thanku also for taking the time to explain things to me, because I am new to this site. But I also appreciate people are busy. GW
  22. Oh my goodness!! I am praying!
  23. So glad to hear this! I will continue to pray for you.
  24. Hey @lynnmosher, I've been basically AWOL for a few weeks due to work. I'm so very glad to hear this!! I will continue to pray for recovery and peace - for both of you!
  25. I struggle liking musicals - this is one I like!
  26. This looks amazing!! I'm going to check it out.
  27. Pixabay, Unsplash, and many photos on Pexels (if not all, I'm not sure) are good resources.
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