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Does anyone know of, or participate in, any LOCAL/Shoals Area writers' group(s)? TIA

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I had the same thoughts. I am trying to think of a meeting place- which is not always easy to find. EM sure can edit! I will get Beternu to help me. LOL! Seriously, a writer friend and I had quite a discussion with her editor over "lay" and "lie" in their past tenses. We won! Writing in dialect, of course, is another matter except for some absolute mechanics. William Faulkner is an excellent example of successful writing in dialect. The guys cracked me up! I needed it and Ii thank them!
Ha Ha Earthmomma, that reminds of the old rag about a student arguing with his teacher about "run on sentences".

Purportedly, the student was arguing that Faulker once had a run on sentence that went for two pages. (The Sound and The Fury, maybe?) So why couldn't he do the same?

Teachers response: When you have a number 1 seller you can write all the "run on sentences" you desire.

Of course I could be confusing this story with another one. I'm a little slow you know.
Big Grin
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Originally posted by uwsoftball:
Ha Ha Earthmomma, that reminds of the old rag about a student arguing with his teacher about "run on sentences".

Purportedly, the student was arguing that Faulker once had a run on sentence that went for two pages. (The Sound and The Fury, maybe?) So why couldn't he do the same?

Teachers response: When you have a number 1 seller you can write all the "run on sentences" you desire.

Of course I could be confusing this story with another one. I'm a little slow you know.
Big Grin
I was thinking of that story too -as well as thinking about trying to read Faulkner!
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Originally posted by earthmomma:
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Originally posted by uwsoftball:
Ha Ha Earthmomma, that reminds of the old rag about a student arguing with his teacher about "run on sentences".

Purportedly, the student was arguing that Faulker once had a run on sentence that went for two pages. (The Sound and The Fury, maybe?) So why couldn't he do the same?

Teachers response: When you have a number 1 seller you can write all the "run on sentences" you desire.

Of course I could be confusing this story with another one. I'm a little slow you know.
Big Grin
I was thinking of that story too -as well as thinking about trying to read Faulkner!
I just remembered that I scored 10 points on a test by identifying a previously unseen bit of Faulknerese! One word clue and style were the give aways.
May I wear a nun's habit and carry a very hard ruler to hit knuckles with? Sorry, I meant to say with which to hit knuckles.

There's all kinds of writing. The best, grammar aside, makes you feel like you're really there. Most editors will not put grammar aside for just anyone, so...

If you don't have an English degree or time to go to a class, I would suggest reading the "USA Today" until you grasp some basic skills. I would not use the TD for an example of anything...unless bad writing.

Take the word "which" out of most TD writers' vocabulary and they couldn't write a story if their existence in this or the next world depended on it.
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Originally posted by uwsoftball:
Ha Ha Earthmomma, that reminds of the old rag about a student arguing with his teacher about "run on sentences".

Purportedly, the student was arguing that Faulker once had a run on sentence that went for two pages. (The Sound and The Fury, maybe?) So why couldn't he do the same?

Teachers response: When you have a number 1 seller you can write all the "run on sentences" you desire.

Of course I could be confusing this story with another one. I'm a little slow you know.
Big Grin


Nathanial Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter -King of the long winded run on sentences. Actually not a bad story once you get past the Counting House chapter.
Earthma,

I suggest you start pointing out errors in grammar; or at least mine as a start.

I welcome your expertise, I say have at it here on the forum.

*Note: Earthmamma is a PhD after all.

I think you should field questions as to proper use in sentence structure and word usage.

Two cents.

I’ll start. Is it proper to break up paragraphs into smaller parts to make posts easier to read?
EM has an EdD. She did not have the foreign languade proficiency required for a PhD. Spanish? LOL! You possibly noted in another post that I had excellent high school teachers. This was at Woodrow Wilson High in Dallas - one of the most highly rated public high schools in the nation - in the dark ages and even now. We also went in, shut up, and learned something! I feel extremely lucky. I cannot quote a rule about the paragraph. There is one. (I will look up.) It happens like riding a bicyle for me. I committed an error in writing this one. I was going to edit but decided to see who woould point it out and left it. Firenze, do not tell what I did -no fair! I appreciate your compliment, Buffalo.
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Dear Ms. Earthmomma,

When Mommy gets home I will have to ask her to be sure, however it does appear to me that the word "language" is not spelled correctly. Oh...and I think "woould" doesn't look right either.

That's a real long word and I'm a little slow you know.

Granddaddy never taught me much grammer so I don't think I can play that game. He really doesn't like me, or cats, or birds and most times my daddy.
Okie Dokey
BYE!
The only 'rule' I recall from my various college professors is that paragraphs 'should' contain at least 3 sentences.

My mom has 'been working on' a historical novel about our family's history. 30 years and counting... Roll Eyes

I've written numerous technical articles for numerous websites, have been published (poetry, no less...and I HATE poetry! Go figure!) and have done some ghost writing and editing.
I have told you all I cannot type, but misspellings are not the best answer. A hint is that Buffalo asked about paragraphing. You would be marked down in comp class for this error in high school and in college. Thanks for playing - of course you are correct, but spelling is too easy ! I try to edit all my posts for spelling, but miss quite a few especially when I just have to post that comment right now! LOL!
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LOL, just playing with you EM Big Grin

Been hanging around Blue, you know LOL.

Recently my son wrote a narrative essay (high school) that I was very impressed with. When it was returned to him his teacher had torn it to shreds.

She made several remarks on his paper that he should have combined several paragraphs into one.

Once upon a time I pretended to be an english major, however some of you know that my real major was beer, girls and beer. Not necessarily in that order. Big Grin

Not really understanding (remember I PRETENDED to be an english major), I carried a fresh copy of the paper to one of my professors and asked her to look it over. She noted two syntax shifts and two mis-spelled words (his teacher and I both missed those LOL) and made no remarks about combining paragraphs.

When I asked about the paragraphs her remarks where pretty much as stated here. Be more concerned with the flow of the paper. Think of your readers and how they will follow the story.

Thankfully, I have a great wife that is a pretty good editor for the work that I do, but she doesn't edit my posts on here. Sorry!!!
Big Grin

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