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Brett Matthew West
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Gender: Male
Born: December 24, 1959
Member: Premier Author
Joined: January 2015
INFORMATION
Currently penning my autobiography Unwanted Dog.

You are enjoying another piece of writing penned by the NUMBER 5 RANKED SCRIPT WRITER OF THE YEAR FOR 2019!!!

My reviews are mere suggestions. Feel free to use anything that provides assistance and/or chuck the whole shebang.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Breathe won the Flash 100 contest on August 31, 2022.

Bisque won the 200 Word Flash Fiction contest on July 22, 2022

Tram finished 3rd in the July 14, 2022 Site Contest 250 Word Flash Fiction.

Sea Of Galilee #38 nominated for Book of the Month for June 2022.

Ogawaga - Chapter 4 finished 3rd in the Member-Created Plant Contest on June 3, 2022.

Bobcat finished 3rd in the Member-Created 50 Worder contest on May 2, 2022.

Sodbuster finished 2nd in the Member-Created 100 Word Story on April 26, 2022.

Unwanted Dog Says Thanks, Dad finished 2nd in Adoption Contest on March 30, 2022.

Calypso Breeze (Cody Schroder Story) finished 3rd in the January 29, 2022 The Hidden Room contest.

Newspaper (Cody Schroder Story) finished third in Family Story-Fiction Contest on January 14, 2022

Water Rat finished third in the January 7, 2022 Memories of Youth Contest.

Shape Shifter - Chapter 13 finished 4th in the Book of the Month contest for October 2021.

Giddyup nominated for Story of the Month for May 2021.

Jump Seat finished 2nd in the Share Your Story Site Contest on December 21, 2019.

Pikesville finished 2nd in the Story in a Poem site contest for May 9, 2019!!!

Meeting Cody - Part Two nominated for Story of the Month for December 2017!!!

Unwanted Dog finished 3rd in the July 2017 Book of the Month Contest!!!

I Had My Chance finished 2nd in the This Sentence Starts The Story site-sponsored contest on June 6, 2018.

Pastrami finished 2nd in the Share A Story In A Poem site-sponsored contest on July 24, 2018

I am well pleased that you have discovered reading my writing is a wonderful way to spend quality time!!!

If you can not give my writing an honest review, instead of a FanStory good ole boy, I'll give you a five star review and in return you give me one no matter how atrocious the writing is, I would much rather you gave me no review at all as I do not have any intention of playing that game. Don't like that, get over it!

























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FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Breathe finished first in the contest "Flash 100"
August 31, 2022 at 11:10AM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Bisque finished first in the contest "200 Word Flash"
July 22, 2022 at 4:10PM
    Rachelle Allen: YAAAAAY!! I knew this one had star quality!! Congratulations to you!
    July 22, 2022 at 11:09PM
    karenina: Yes!

    So well deserved!

    Congrats!
    July 23, 2022 at 2:01AM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Tram finished third in the contest "250 Word Flash Fiction"
July 15, 2022 at 12:13AM

Brett Matthew West: Especially for Prose Writers who would appreciate knowing. A new Prose Writers club has been formed called Tips 'R Us.
July 14, 2022 at 1:30PM

Brett Matthew West: Would you agree good dialogue makes a reader eavesdrop on the characters' conversation then strain to hear more because it is too interesting to ignore?
June 26, 2022 at 11:53AM
    evilynne: Yes, of course. We all like to eavesdrop on her characters. Evi
    July 1, 2022 at 2:31PM
    evilynne: That should be "our characters"
    July 1, 2022 at 4:27PM

Brett Matthew West: I sometimes struggle with this one so I ask you what you think of this editing tip.

Came from the Editor of Tweed Magazine of Literature and Arts, who has worked with Noam Chomsky and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.

Would you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

Don't make dialogue tags do the work.

Replace anything more complicated than "he/she said/says".
June 13, 2022 at 8:22AM
    nor84: For the record, Dean Koontz and I agree on this point: it's fine to occasionally something other than "said, asked, etc." BUT the tag must be a way of speaking. People cannot laugh words, grin words, nor can they growl or hiss. Said, asked, etc. are invisible to the reader and offer no distraction but sometimes you want to use something like murmured or whispered. Stay away from tags like interjected, queried, ground out, wanted to know and the like. The only purpose of the tag is if you absolutely need it to identify the speaker. With only two people in the scene, the reader can follow the conversation without any tags at all just as long as you set it up who is speaking first and to whom they're speaking.
    June 13, 2022 at 10:06AM
    giraffmang: I agree with Nor here. One of the reasons said and asked are the recommended tags is because the brain recognises them without drawing attention. They are functional, which is what speech tags should be.

    When you use more emotive ones, it can distract from what is being said to how it is being said. The occasional one is fine but when you see whole sections of dialogue using different ones, it starts to grate after a while.

    It's better to let the actual dialogue do the work when required. Also be very wary of using modifiers after the tag as well. usually these come in the shape of an adverb. Adverbs are telling words, rather than utilising showing. Always remember the balance and what you're trying to achieve.
    June 13, 2022 at 10:37AM
    nor84: There's something else you can do, but beware this can be overused and becomes distracting if that happens. Use punctuation and "beats" Instead of tags, but only occasionally, and only when they make sense. Here's what I mean:

    Picture is seen where a man named Jack is sitting in our business meeting and not getting his way. He's irritated and does this:

    "I'm outta here!" Jack pushed up from his chair, turned on his heel, and stalked out of the room.

    See? No speech tag at all but let me say it again the exclammation point says that he said this angrily, the action shows he's angry, and he's identified by action, not by "Jack said."

    But don't overdo it, especially not the use of the exclamation point. Avoid inane actions, like Jack frowned, Jack nodded, Jack smiled and use them only when it seems appropriate after showing what else is going on in the scene.
    June 14, 2022 at 10:56PM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Ogawaga - Chapter 4 finished third in the contest "Plant"
June 4, 2022 at 12:13AM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Bobcat finished third in the contest "50 Worder"
May 3, 2022 at 7:10PM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Sodbuster finished second in the contest "100 Word Story"
April 29, 2022 at 2:10AM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Unwanted Dog Says Thanks, Dad finished second in the contest "Adoption"
April 2, 2022 at 12:13AM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Calypso Breeze finished third in the contest "The Hidden Room"
February 2, 2022 at 2:10AM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Newspaper (Cody Schroder Story) finished third in the contest "~ Family Story ~ (fiction)"
January 15, 2022 at 4:10PM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Water Rat finished third in the contest "Memories Of Youth"
January 8, 2022 at 1:10AM

FanStory wrote to Brett Matthew West: Jacket finished second in the contest "~ Family Story ~ (fiction)"
October 8, 2021 at 2:10AM

Brett Matthew West: Why does life have to happen and the carefree days of innocence disappear forever?
January 20, 2021 at 5:10AM
    Allezw2: It doesn't have to, and that is why we have intellect and imagination and words to express our feelings if we only will!
    March 12, 2021 at 2:08AM
    Bonnie Seach : It is simple. A human is designed to advance to full growth, strength and maturity. This incorporates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the nature of each individual. Imagine a 45 year old male that isn't potty trained or a 35 year old woman who cannot nurture and nourish her infant. If each individual functions properly the whole body of a family is built up to strengthen one another, society and an entire nation.
    May 1, 2021 at 8:17AM

 
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Breathe finished first in the contest "Flash 100"
August 31 at 11:10AM
Bisque reached "Recognized" status.
August 28 at 3:48PM
Bisque finished first in the contest "200 Word Flash"
July 22 at 4:10PM
Tram finished third in the contest "250 Word Flash Fiction"
July 15 at 12:13AM
Tram reached "Recognized" status.
July 11 at 8:48AM
Feeding Frenzy reached "Recognized" status.
June 29 at 11:48PM
Story of the Month Nominee reached "Recognized" status.
June 18 at 8:48AM
Devil Spawn reached "All Time Best" status.
June 16 at 11:56PM



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