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by curtis
August 7th, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Favorite Words
Replies: 0
Views: 16274

Your Favorite Words

Can anyone think of great sounding words? I like cool sounding transitive verbs such as 'utilize' and 'achieve.' I also like great sounding nouns like 'apparatus' and 'gossamer.' After you choose your words, feel free to use them in a sentence! "If he had looked at himself in the toothpaste-spotted ...
by curtis
August 7th, 2016, 2:52 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Strange Laws That Make You Laugh
Replies: 0
Views: 2966

Strange Laws That Make You Laugh

In Memphis, Tennessee, women can't drive a car unless there is a man with a red flag in front of the car warning the other people on the road. :lol: In Waynesboro, Virginia, it’s against the law for a woman to drive a car in Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red ...
by curtis
May 30th, 2016, 6:47 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Helpful Advice You Received With Regards to Writing
Replies: 1
Views: 6740

Helpful Advice You Received With Regards to Writing

The most helpful advice I received came from a journalist. Since I was working as a reporter, he said that I should use verbs that require an object. Active verbs make the story better to read. In addition, he said my writing style should be economical since a story can only take up so much space. P...
by curtis
April 17th, 2016, 7:42 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Idiosyncrasies
Replies: 1
Views: 426

Re: Idiosyncrasies

Chiclephobia is a fear of gum. To the chiclephobe, gum is a menace that can easily find its way into any crevice in your mouth. Gum lays in wait. When it decides to strike, it will grasp tenaciously at your teeth. Essentially, people with this phobia believe that gum has the capacity to destroy your...
by curtis
April 14th, 2016, 10:03 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: A Poem by Ernest Hemingway
Replies: 0
Views: 5154

A Poem by Ernest Hemingway

For God is love and love is sod
Let all unite to worship God.
And let the Maker's trembling hand
Emulate the ductless gland
Thus are we in His wisdom brought
To see the things that God has wrought.
by curtis
April 12th, 2016, 8:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot Motivators
Replies: 1
Views: 14985

Re: Plot Motivators

Do you like survival as a plot motivator? Survival as a plot motivator utilizes the fact that one character does not want to cooperate with another character. A story line that focuses on survival can be found in The Lord of the Flies. Essentially, a bitter rivalry develops between two boys who both...
by curtis
April 11th, 2016, 11:30 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Similies!
Replies: 2
Views: 1516

Re: Similies!

In an analysis of The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway, there are extensive parallels between the infection in Harry’s leg and the metaphorical “infection” of his writing talents. Essentially, the decaying of his writing skills is like an infection.
by curtis
April 8th, 2016, 10:05 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Similies!
Replies: 2
Views: 1516

Re: Similies!

I like this simile by Sylvia Plath. The poem is called Mirror. The following comparison is between a lake and the terrible consequences of aging:

In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.
by curtis
April 6th, 2016, 2:23 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Idiosyncrasies
Replies: 1
Views: 426

Idiosyncrasies

Do you go through a ritual before you begin to write? Do you have a shoe collection that requires a walk-in closet? Are you afraid of antique furniture? Tell us one idiosyncrasy. Two idiosyncrasies. Share as many as you like! Here's a unique idiosyncrasy. When some people eat colored candy, such as ...
by curtis
March 4th, 2016, 7:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot Motivators
Replies: 1
Views: 14985

Plot Motivators

What is your favorite plot motivator? Persecution? Betrayal? Catastrophe? Vengeance? The urge for vengeance is obsessive. To write about revenge, the writer must portray the need for vengeance as an all-consuming aspiration that controls the actions of the protagonist. An excellent portrayal of the ...
by curtis
February 29th, 2016, 2:03 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite Quotes by an Author
Replies: 0
Views: 2511

Favorite Quotes by an Author

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.

- Vladimir Nabokov
by curtis
February 19th, 2016, 8:22 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: A Dog
Replies: 1
Views: 938

A Dog

A business was looking for office help. They put a sign in the window, stating the following: HELP WANTED - Must be able to type, have computer skills, and be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. A dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign, and went inside. He looked at the receptionist...
by curtis
February 17th, 2016, 9:35 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Guilty Pleasure Books
Replies: 11
Views: 6429

Re: Guilty Pleasure Books

I'm reading a book about the environment. It's called Toxic Sludge is Good for You! This is a guilty pleasure because my friends call it a tree hugger book. They are missing out on good writing. The book details the public relations sector and how public relations specialist attempt to undermine the...
by curtis
February 17th, 2016, 9:08 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Similies!
Replies: 2
Views: 1516

Similies!

I'm reading a book called Models for Writers: Short Essays for Composition. There is an essay named The Death of Benny Paret. Paret was a boxer who died in the ring. The essay was written by Norman Mailer. The following quote describes one of the boxers pummeling his opponent: "...the right hand whi...
by curtis
February 15th, 2016, 8:50 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 602
Views: 119447

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hello! My name is Curtis. I'm a writer who focuses on nonfiction. I studied journalism in college and I now write freelance journalism articles. I'm currently in school again. I'm studying Website Development. The goal is to be proficient enough to build excellent websites for clients. Anyway, I'm g...