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The Craft of Writing / Re: Call Yourself A Writer?
« Last post by thunderingelephants on December 02, 2018, 09:08 AM »
I could show them this, I suppose.
Can't find the blog post!
I think it boils down to the fact that personally I've never had employment of credibility, but I've decided that I can't be bothered justifying myself. As I've had to do with both my parents.
They've never read my stuff either, which annoys me since my father is a retired English teacher!
Thanks for the support, as always. I'm just apprehensive about this party for a number of reasons. Not least because my partner isn't invited. But that's another topic! :lalala :hug :yourock
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The Craft of Writing / Re: Call Yourself A Writer?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on December 01, 2018, 08:39 PM »
A writer is merely one who writes, so of course. You are a published writer as V reminded me. But Michael is likely correct about the response you'll get.

Of course, if any of the family are of the age of your readership, you could talk to them about it and even show them some work. They'll appreciate that you aren't talking down to them. But this is coming from someone who sees writing well for children as a calling  because they need good books.
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There are no rules, merely guidelines. Telling has a place, actually a few places. It's a great way to move forward in time and in action without wasting words. It can show the emotional state of the narrator, for example a narrator in shock may only tell because emotion is stunted and they aren't noticing details in that state. (Although some people in shock become hyper focused on details). There are other purposeful ways to use telling.

I believe in using the number of words a scene or action deserves, depending on how important it is to the story. Telling uses fewer words in general. I believe there's an older thread on this. I don't have time to look this evening, but will try to come back to it.
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The Craft of Writing / Re: Call Yourself A Writer?
« Last post by Vijaya on December 01, 2018, 02:58 PM »
Michael said is so well. Yes, you are a writer and you should be proud of it. And isn't your writing published in your local scbwi newsletter? So there! And I seem to remember some children in a coffee shop enjoying  your stories too!
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Research / Re: Small infraction
« Last post by Vijaya on December 01, 2018, 02:33 PM »
I will only guess at how you know this, Vijaya!   :dr

I have a past! lol

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Kidlit Good News / Re: Whale in a Fishbowl
« Last post by Marcia on December 01, 2018, 01:11 PM »
Well deserved, it's a beautiful book!
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Roller Boy Book Birthday!
« Last post by Marcia on December 01, 2018, 01:11 PM »
Thanks, Sully, love your fox painting!
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Graphic Novels / Re: Submitting a Comic Book for Young Readers?
« Last post by Marcia on December 01, 2018, 01:02 PM »
I don't have any advice, but it certainly sounds like a lot of fun. It never hurts to try and the unique format might just find the right editor at the right time. First, I'd run it past a few trusted readers for feedback, though (which means I guess I do have advice  :cheesy ) Good luck!
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Research / Re: Small infraction
« Last post by hairaplenty on December 01, 2018, 12:21 PM »
Golly, I know something about small infarctions: grin3  They're called misdemeanors. Ex. Writing defacing public property. See, I was a writer long before I knew it.

I will only guess at how you know this, Vijaya!   :dr

JFriday, what a wonderful program. I'm in Washington state as is my MC, so I will hunt for such a program. If no program, these suggestions are great. I want the infraction to be enough to scare said character and make him think even though he's forced into a situation he can't avoid, so several of these would work, I think.
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