Monday, March 3, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction--March 3, 2014--More Editing Hints

A Step in the Write Direction
March 3, 2014

Update: Busy week coming up so appreciate your prayers: critique group Tuesday morning, then taking sister out for birthday lunch; spending Wednesday in Phoenix with “bestest” friend (we’ve been friends for 69 years) and church at night; a talk at a seniors luncheon Thursday, and 2 talks at another workshop Saturday afternoon with, sad to say, another funeral that morning….Thoughts from yesterday’s sermon. Verse used was “We have toiled all night and have caught nothing; nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” How does this relate to writers?
·        I don’t have a college education; nevertheless, I will keep on writing…because—
·        I don’t get any support from my family and friends; nevertheless, I will keep on writing…because—.
·        All I get are rejections without even a personal note or a reason; nevertheless, I will keep on writing…because—
I am called to write!!

Thought for the Day:
    "Some Christians jump all over the room;
    Others are as solemn and quiet as a tomb.
    Some lift their hands high in the air,
    But others wouldn't, even on a dare.
    Christians are different in style and in song;
    But if they are humble, to Christ they belong."
—Author unknown

Laugh for the Day:
Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?'' The mother replied, “Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.” The child thought about this for a moment then said, “So why is the groom wearing black?”

Writer’s Tips

More Editing Hints

Make Scene Logical

Levi is on his knees, sitting back on his heels, his elbows resting on his thighs. (Try sitting like that.)

Girl braiding her own hair the day after she breaks her arm and is wearing a cast. (I could barely comb my own hair with a cast on, say nothing of braiding it.)

Man in car watching girl go into apartment building. She goes up the steps, into the front
door, down the hallway, up the steps, and “he watches as she knocks at the door.” (Did he have a periscope?)

Incorrect Order Can Change Picture in Reader’s Mind

*          "A buffet will be served in the cafeteria so that parents can eat as well as meet their children's teachers."
            "... so that parents can eat lunch and meet their children's teachers."

*          Driving along the highway, a deer leaped in front of the car.  (Claire Cook)
            As we drove along the highway, a deer leaped in front of the car.

As Can Incorrect Punctuation

*          Man wanted to wash dishes and two waitresses.
*          Pen lost by man full of ink.

 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich

"A Step in the Write Direction--the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers"
"The Freedom of Letting Go"
"Healing in God's Time"

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