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Writer's Talk / Wise words from author, Katie Fforde.
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:25:54 AM »
A few years ago I attended one of Katie Fforde's writing courses at York.  The other day I was decluttering my office and I found this and felt it could be useful to all our writers.

Do not believe everything you learn from writing courses
Write what you know
Have a good plot
Write in your own voice
Top tip - dont make it sound like writing
Cut out all the dull bits
Be comfortable with making the reader feel the pain
Don't write just for the money
Don't cheat your reader - don't skip scenes
You're allowed to write badly

Ask a Question / Re: A grammar question.
« on: January 15, 2018, 12:18:48 PM »
Thanks everyone for your input.

Will make the right changes.

Lin  :)

Word Play / Re: The Moretonhampstead game
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:17:05 PM »
Ive just edited the title of this.  However I did put the correct spelling into the body of the message.  It's all correct now.


Review My Writing - Getting Started / Re: question about this new forum
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:13:30 PM »
I'm a firm believer that if you want a critique, experienced writers can tell in the first paragraph about the quality of your writing.  Not saying this is you, but if you post the first para and it's not good, I doubt if anyone wants to read the rest.  I think it's important that you provide an example of what you can do and allow the critiques to flow on that example.   :)

Ask a Question / Re: A grammar question.
« on: January 07, 2018, 12:12:01 PM »
My character is switched on to marketing and so on and for this reason I wanted to show her knowledge of her job so again show the kind of person she is through the fact these cars are not just ordinary Ford Cortinas.    She isnt just a girl in a job, she is keen and I thought this sentence may just add to the reader's knowledge of the character.  Bright and always seeking knowledge.

The Bar & Grill / Re: Is MWC doomed or not?
« on: January 06, 2018, 08:57:27 PM »
The point is that we have all got to know each other over a very long period of time. Although most of us have never met each other, that doesn't seem to matter here.  We have become a family of writers who help each other. 


Word Play / The Moretonhampstead game
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:35:22 PM »
Moretonhampstead is a place in Devon.  They have a game you can buy.

How many phrases can you make using all the letters in the name of the town and only use each letter once.

Ask a Question / Re: A grammar question.
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:29:52 PM »
As this is a garage selling Ford cars, I would imagine there would be different models of the brand name. So thanks for the confirmation.


The Bar & Grill / Re: Is MWC doomed or not?
« on: January 06, 2018, 03:05:35 PM »
I'm very sad really, I mean I had well over 10K posts.  I've been on the forum since around 2003 ish.  Can't remember the dates. I deleted my account to become a newbie, but it still feels odd.  I had an affection for MWC.  Anyway as long as you guys are still here, I dont think it matters any more.

PS what about the Facebook MWC page?  Does that matter anymore?

Lin x

Ask a Question / A grammar question.
« on: January 06, 2018, 02:58:11 PM »
OR Latest models of Ford Cortina?

Here is my sentence:

The journey to work took only ten minutes. On the forecourt stood a line of the latest models of Ford Cortina.

 ;D ;D ;D

Review My Writing - Getting Started / Re: Feel Good Story -- 775 words
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:39:52 PM »
When I provide a review there are some things that scream EDIT at me.  On this occasion, I have to agree with the rest of the team.  Most of it gripped me and I had to keep reading on.  Yes, you can write and with more involvement on The Best Writing Forum I am sure you will pick up some good tips.   Keep going, it's going to be a rosy future for you.

Lin  :D

Review My Writing - Getting Started / Re: Tinsel Town (about 800 words)
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:31:43 PM »
Hi Don,

It all depends on the reason why you wrote this.  If this is just for you, it's great.  If you would like to use it for publishing, then I think it will need an edit.

My reasons are that I found you were telling the story rather than allowing the character to become involved in the action.  In other words you, the first person, relating a story to the reader. (unless you mean for it to be that way)  I prefer to be included in the story, if you see what I mean.

The opening line thus:
It was late and the gin was getting low. The sun had long since set and only the lamp on my desk kept the night at bay.

This did not really involve at all.  It was a 'this happened and then that happened'.

I would like to have seen this written as a more dramatic entrance removing WAS and HAD

The story as a whole was interesting, but I would like to have seen this with more reader involvement.

Here too:

I was about to close up the office and call it a night when suddenly there came a tapping. Showtime!

Who are you talking to?  Showtime?  Not sure about 'suddenly' Perhaps write it thus:

With the keys in my hand, I was about to lock the office door. I listened. Something tapped against the glass.

Hope this is useful for you.  Generally speaking, with some tightening up (and if you intend to publish) you have a story.

Happy New Year btw. :D

Lin x x

Welcome - START HERE! / Re: Escaped writer
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:38:29 PM »

Welcome - START HERE! / Escaped writer
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:28:18 PM »
For most of you I dont need to introduce myself.  However, in case you are new here I have just escaped from another forum and look forward to starting afresh.  I have a book published and another one due out soon. I am happy to provide information on all things writing. 

Happy New Year to all friends old and new.

Lin  :D

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