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I've added a new entry to my book, "American Hot Shit:
         "Fly By Thoughts }
I've added a new entry that goes heavy on the autism to my book, "American Hot Shit:
         "The Pitfalls of Autistic Instagram
I've added a new entry on cyber psychology in action to my book, "American Hot Shit:
         "Who's naive here?
If you haven't seen it, I've made some updates to

Journalistic Intentions  (18+)
This is for the journal keeping types that come to PLAY! New round starts October 1!
#2213121 by Stik's Across the Pond!

I have both posted the new round details ("ROUND 14 STARTS OCTOBER 1!"  ) and a request for feedback on prompts for future prompts ("FUTURE ROUNDS"  ). Participants for the next round and feedback are both very much appreciated.

Hope to see you in the forum!
I've added a new entry discussing creative hobbies and what not to my book, "American Hot Shit:
         "Creative Stuff
I've added a new entry (yes, a consecutive one!) to my book, "Watch This Space!:
         "The Lowdown on Lambeau
Hehe, part of the mystique of the Packers is that they are owned by GreenBay... the only team in the NFL to be owned by their host city. And the NFL hates that they allowed it. Because the city is bound by law, not to put up with, the BS of the NFL.

But then, It is of no concern to me anymore, I haven't watched a game since 2005 when my father passed... I am glad that he didn't live to see what has happened to the game he loved since we last watched a game together.
I've added a new entry to my book, "Watch This Space!:
         "Kids Have It Rough These Days
I am quite curious to know what everyone makes of this statement I saw on another site.

"It [writing] has a very low barrier to entry and, unlike with art, people can't tell mediocre or good writing apart at a glance."

What do you think?
I wanted to look more into this because I found it fascinating. I left the site if anyone wanted to take a closer look.

Eight Characteristics of Good Writing
by Melissa Donovan

The Characteristics of Good Writing

1. Clarity and focus: In good writing, everything makes sense and readers don’t get lost or have to reread passages to figure out what’s going on. Focused writing sticks with the plot or core idea without running off on too many tangents.

2. Organization: A well organized piece of writing is not only clear, it’s presented in a way that is logical and aesthetically pleasing. You can tell non-linear stories or place your thesis at the end of an essay and get away with it as long as your scenes or ideas are well ordered.

3. Ideas and themes: Is the topic of your paper relevant? Does your story come complete with themes? Can the reader visualize your poem? For a piece of writing to be considered well crafted, it has to contain clearly identifiable ideas and themes.

4. Voice: This is what sets you apart from all other writers. It’s your unique way of stringing words together, formulating ideas, and relating scenes or images to the reader. In any piece of writing, the voice should be consistent and identifiable.

5. Language (word choice): We writers can never underestimate or fail to appreciate our most valuable tools: words. Good writing includes precise and accurate word choices and well crafted sentences.

6. Grammar and style: Many writers would wish this one away, but for a piece of writing to be considered good (let alone great), it has to follow the rules of grammar (and break those rules only when there’s a good reason). Style is also important in ensuring that a piece of writing is clear and consistent. Make sure you keep a grammar book and style guide handy.

7. Credibility or believability: Nothing says bad writing like getting the facts wrong or misrepresenting oneself. In fiction, the story must be believable (even if it’s impossible), and in nonfiction, accurate research can make or break a writer.

8. Thought-provoking or emotionally inspiring: Perhaps the most important quality of good writing is how the reader responds to it. Does she come away with a fresh perspective and new ideas? Does he close the cover with tears in his eyes or a sense of victory? How readers react to your work will fully determine your success as a writer.

"It [writing] has a very low barrier to entry and, unlike with art, people can't tell mediocre or good writing apart at a glance."

I find this pretty funny! Sure, it holds some truth about writing, but it's the same for other art as well. Some paintings look more like an art set exploded, or a sculpture that looks like some kind of germ. Everyone has different tastes.
Just my thought on the quote.

If someone looks at a painting, or a sculpture, they can quickly form an opinion.
With writing, on the other hand, you have to make the effort to actually read to form an opinion.

So yes, it's accurate, but only because writing isn't as visual as the other arts.
I've added a new entry to my book, "American Hot Shit:
         "On the Links
I've added a new item to my portfolio:
Follow Me in the Club  (13+)
Is there ever a good age for being in (or figuring out) the limelight?
I've added a new entry to my book, "American Hot Shit:
         "Inky Six
I've added a new entry to my book, "American Hot Shit:
         "Fishbowl Living
Could someone explain why I've decided a naga uta storem is a good idea?
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Oh, you wanted an explanation! Why? Simple... writing outside of one's experience or comfort zone enhances one's ability to write. It's good for the brain and sometimes has felicitous side effects. You may also bring something to the poetic table that others do not. Your unique point-of-view and style of writing expand the corpus and may show what the form is capable of. If not... so be it. You love mental challenges and this is but one of many. My advice? Go for it.
I've added a new entry to my book, "Watch This Space!:
         "Because We're Children
I've added a new entry to my book, "American Hot Shit:
         "Well, It's Your Story
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