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Words For Charity is pleased to announce that it has awarded its “Philanthropic Scribe” grant to Alexander Zondervan.
The “Philanthropic Scribe” grant is chosen from the authors who have published a story at Words for Charity to raise money for one of several great causes that are featured. From this group of authors a computer algorithm picks out the awardee.
Alexander currently attends Bard College in New York, where he is exploring how poetry and thought are related, with a curiosity to see the way metaphors manifest within texts.
In addition to the Philanthropic Scribe grant, Words For Charity will be awarding its’ “Compassionate Chronicle” grant in the next ten days. For more information about Words For Charity, its grants and its mission, please visit our website at http://www.wordsforcharity.org.
A final word of thanks to everyone who published and bought stories during our 2017 grant period, your contributions have helped to support both great causes and creative talent!
Words For Charity is pleased to announce that it has awarded its “Benevolent Quill” grant to Daniel Magner.
The “Benevolent Quill grant is awarded to the individual who short story(ies) contributions raised the most money during that specific grant period. Daniel donated three stories that raised money for Kaboom, an organization that builds play areas in impoverished neighborhoods and Cure-ALZ funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing, or reversing Alzheimer’s disease.
Daniel is a recent graduate of Cal State-Long Beach. He is currently an ESL educator in Irvine, California, and is pursuing his passion of publishing his first book of poetry.
To learn more about Kaboom please visit https://kaboom.org
To learn more about Cure-ALZ please visit http://www.curealz.org/
In addition to the Benevolent Quill grant, Words For Charity will be awarding two more grants in the next ten days. For more information about Words For Charity, its grants and its mission, please visit our website at http://www.wordsforcharity.org.
A final word of thanks to all authors and readers for their participation during our 2017 grant period, your contributions have helped to support both great causes and creative talent!
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We all use them in our daily life, those extra words that give us a chance to regroup our thoughts when conversing. Words such as “like” and “you know” have been parodied for years in both the film and written arts. But other words such as “Because”, “Actually” and “So” go under the radar and many of these verbal pause words become part of the written narrative.
Verbal pauses are not good for short story writers. They create cultter, can bore and often frustrate or confuse the reader. Worse than can negatively effect the style you are creating within the story.
As a short story writer you must ask yourself:
- Are these words necessary?
- Are there more descriptive words that can be used? Is the room “very warm” or “hot”?
- Are the words adding to the style or mood that you are trying to create?
A tool I have found helpful is the “word search” commands that come with most software. When I find a verbal pause word in my writing, I just type it in to the “word search” and find out where it appears in my story. Try this with some of your writings and you may be surprised.
The verbal pause sometimes does have a place in the short story. When developing a character and their personality, the verbal pause can be an effective tool when used in dialog.
Well, I hope this article is informative and helps your writing in the future. (I know, I know, I know…. I used a verbal pause!!)
….if I had written those short stories long ago, would writing my novel be an easier process today?
Publish for Charity an Illinois 501c3 will be closing submissions for the 2017 Grant Program for www.wordsforcharity.org. on April 30th.
Now is the time to submit your stories for review and possible selection as a winner of one of our generous $5000 grant awards.
Grant One – A grant of $5000.00 (minimum) will be awarded to the individual donator who short story(ies) contribution(s) generate the most gross donations to a charity.
Grant Two – A second Grant of $5000.00 (minimum) will be awarded upon a computer drawing of a contributor’s name.
This will be a random drawing with each contributing author receiving one entry in the drawing.
Grant Three – The third grant of $5000.00 (minimum) will be awarded to the individual randomly picked by a computer. This drawing will be weighted with each contributing author receiving one entry per story sold regardless of gross donations generated.
Of course a Grant program could not exist without some parameters in writing
Time period for submissions end on 4/30/17.
Measurements for Grants one and three will end on 7/31/17.
Stories previously published are eligible as long as the author has the right to do so.
WFC & PFC staff, board and ambassadors and their family members are not eligible.
All drawings will be made by computer algorithm based upon the rules set forth above.
“If you can run, bike or walk for a good cause, why not write for one”!