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Drew Delaney
Location: Canada
Gender: Female
Born: July 14
Interests: reading, writing, embroidery, knitting
Member: Premier Author
Joined: July 2014
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. ― Charlotte Brontė, Jane Eyre
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Drew Delaney: Sorry everyone! Not been feeling well these last few weeks. I hope to be back writing and reading more of your work soon. Would appreciate your prayers. Thank you! Drew xx
March 5, 2020 at 12:24PM
    damommy: Praying for you. Hurry back.
    March 5, 2020 at 7:14PM
    mrsmajor: Prayers for your well being, and also my best wishes.....Take Care...
    March 5, 2020 at 8:09PM
    Drew Delaney: Thank you for your prayers and support. Some days are good, and others not so.
    March 10, 2020 at 2:47PM

Drew Delaney: Well, I finally got my desire to write again. I had lost the drive two years ago. I just wish more people would read stories on though. Maybe it?s this Dickensian story that few are willing to read. I enjoy writing it so much, I don?t want to give it up so few ratings is what I?ll get then I guess.
February 13, 2020 at 8:03PM
    EveLovell: The poetry is where the quick money is, sadly. But the poets dominate the site, really. Keep going with your writing, and keep FS in perspective. It is a vanity site, and not at all indicative of how your writing would go out in the real world of literature, and there are a lot of reasons for that, but chiefly, the demographic. There are a lot of folks over 60 who are no longer in touch with popular culture, and they are not serious about making writing a career. I will keep my eye out for your work Drew, have a great day, wherever that may be, Eve.
    February 14, 2020 at 8:57PM
    Cindy Decker: Dry, it?s difficult more me to navigate this website, if you want to friend me, please add me.😊
    February 20, 2020 at 10:06PM

Drew Delaney: I am back peeps! Finally after two long years. I have not written a thing since I left. Hope to change that bad decision in time. I just read that Dean Kuch has passed away. I am so sad to hear. Hope that there is no other bad news. Please inform me. Thank you and am so happy to see old friends are still hanging out here. Yay!!❣️
October 19, 2019 at 12:59AM

Drew Delaney: I guess I?m leaving all my friends here that I have grown to love. My membership is over and I feel I must spend more time writing than reviewing. Please e-mail me when you have time.
Love you and will miss you all so much! Drew xx ❤️
November 10, 2017 at 11:58PM
    Teri7: I wish you the best in all you do Drew! May God bless you! Teri7
    January 16, 2018 at 1:09PM

Drew Delaney: So sorry friends and readers. Life has taken another direction for a time. My daughter needs help with her children due to a marriage breakup. I will be back as soon as I am able.
October 24, 2017 at 10:18AM
    rama devi: Sending you positive energies. Sorry about your daughter's situation. She'l lucky to have you to help. Come back soon, I hope! :)
    October 25, 2017 at 8:06AM

FanStory wrote to Drew Delaney: Driven finished second in the contest "3-5-3 "Water""
August 24, 2017 at 2:10AM

FanStory wrote to Drew Delaney: I May Be Going Mad finished second in the contest "Silver Lining"
August 17, 2017 at 2:10AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    August 17, 2017 at 12:09PM
    Drew Delaney: Wow! Thank you! I was shocked when I just looked. Yay! Thank you Irish Rain!!
    August 17, 2017 at 6:54PM

FanStory wrote to Drew Delaney: Rose Wine finished third in the contest "1-6-1 poetry"
August 3, 2017 at 2:10AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!
    August 3, 2017 at 9:57AM
    Drew Delaney: Thank you, Irish Rain.
    August 3, 2017 at 6:55PM

Drew Delaney: I'd like to wish all my friends and followers here on Fanstory a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year. Thank you all for reading my works and I hope that my muse will wake up and smell the coffee. Merry Christmas all!!
December 22, 2015 at 6:27PM
    michaelcahill: DON'T GIVE YOUR MUSE COFFEE!!!!!!

    Have you read one of my blathering stories? :))

    Merry Christmas to you and thanks for your wonderful reviews and work!
    December 23, 2015 at 11:10AM
    July 15, 2017 at 6:45AM

Drew Delaney: Dear Fanstory friends -- I am taking a break for a while as you must be aware. I am nearly done with the deck, and the garden needs planting. There is much to do at this time. When I get caught up, I will be back. Miss you all!
May 25, 2015 at 10:57PM

Drew Delaney: Sorry if I don't get much writing and reviewing done for a bit. I'm redoing my deck and raking tons of broken branches before it's time to cut grass, and plant my garden in a couple of weeks. I will probably read more than write because I will be too tired to write properly. Just letting you know why I may not show up to review. Hugs to all my fans and writing buddies. Love you. Drew xx Will try to be back soon.
April 27, 2015 at 8:14PM

Drew Delaney: And every novel needs a series of intriguing, hair-raising, addictive events carrying the reader from the Hook to the Climax. You could just tell us the Climax? The butler did it? But long fiction is all about the wonderful, rollicking adventure building upon why that matters.

The hardest thing for aspiring writers to believe is that all this is holographic (Holograms are usually intended for displaying three-dimensional images): what's essential for the novel is also essential for the chapter, episode, even scene. Every single one of them needs a Climax, Hook, and some type of events leading from one to the other.

Read that again. Every single one.
April 23, 2015 at 7:14PM
    nor84: Not only every chapter, every scene. There should be a reason for every scene to be there. Conflict in every scene, movement in every scene. Conflict can mean a man struggling internally, two friends discussing a plan -- one is sure it will work, the other is skeptical. And then there's a resolution, a final decision for the screen and the story moves forward.
    April 24, 2015 at 4:32AM
    Drew Delaney: Thank you nor 84 for clarifying this. Every scene needs a hook, event and climax leading the main theme forward.
    April 24, 2015 at 9:14PM

Drew Delaney: Introspection and backstory are better sprinkled than dumped!

Backstory should be woven throughout the manuscript, rather than taking up long chunks of space in the book.
April 20, 2015 at 4:19PM
    rama devi: Good tip! :)
    April 20, 2015 at 7:53PM
    nor84: Short sections of dialogue is a good way to bring in backstory, just as you would in normal conversation:

    "Where are you from?"
    "Originally? Montana. Raised on a ranch."

    "Hey, that must have been great."

    Sort of like that. A short back-and-forth, not a life history.
    April 21, 2015 at 3:05PM

Drew Delaney: The uses of em-dashes (--) and ellipses (...) differ slightly, both are used to indicate unfinished thoughts.
When a thought ends abruptly, either because the speaker ended it that way for effect or because he or she was interrupted, use an em-dash. When a thought trails off, use an ellipses.
April 16, 2015 at 8:40PM
    michaelcahill: You have no idea how helpful that it!! Thank you. :))
    April 17, 2015 at 12:11AM
    IndianaIrish: Drew, isn't the example you give a hyphen? I thought an em-dash is wider so it isn't confused with a hyphen?
    April 17, 2015 at 12:27AM
    justafan: that's what they are called...I love them!!!
    April 17, 2015 at 12:58AM
    rama devi: Exactly! Indy...yes, but Fanstory editor does not have a way to make em-dashes. When you paste one in from Word, it changes it to something else. So, what I do here is to use two hyphens--
    April 17, 2015 at 11:40AM
    DIS-illusioned: I thought a dash was simply a dash (em-dash?)--and a hyphen somewhat like a shorter dash in appearance, used to combine two words to form a compound word.
    Enlightening grammatical tidbit, Drew. Thanks.
    April 17, 2015 at 2:18PM
    Drew Delaney: So glad this has helped with the confusion. Yes, my Word doesn't make the em-dash correct, so I have to use a double hyphen, like RD suggests. I got the info off of Auto-Crit, an online Critter site.
    April 19, 2015 at 4:53PM

Drew Delaney: I'm struggling with self-confidence. Reading great books leave me feeling little.
March 21, 2015 at 9:42PM
    michaelcahill: I feel that way walking into a library or a book store sometimes. It just means that there are billions of people and some of them have great talent. You're in the group that fits in the library. :)
    March 22, 2015 at 1:37AM
    mrsmajor: No No, don't say that...Your pen is as good as any, when we make an effort to express ourselves, it becomes a part of who we are...There's no one out there exactly like you, remember works for me, and should do the same for you...Hugs!
    March 22, 2015 at 8:06AM
    Phyllis Stewart: Drew, I know what you mean. But by reading them, your mind absorbs style, magically, without any conscious thinking on your part. Your writing is already very good. Reading really great books will make it even better with no effort on your part, so read and enjoy! :) I have a favorite classic, called "Notes from the Underground" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It's rather depressing, but oh, what a terrific look into the mind of a mentally damaged person. He really nailed every feeling, every thought. THen, my favorite topic is always "the enemy within"... man/woman against him/herself. If you like to look into minds, this is as good as it gets. :)
    March 23, 2015 at 5:29PM

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