Usually I’d post this during the final days of December, right before the New Year. Alas, December 31 was on a Sunday. And I’ve become a stickler in keeping with my posting schedule. So I compromised to have this post published right as the old year ends and the new year begins.
But before I start regaling you with my final progress report and 2018 writing plans, I just want to say…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Now, in 2017 I made a lot of plans. Some I was on goal, others I was not. In particular in not writing any new stories until at least I’ve completed one or two of my current WIPs. But I did write 30 new poems in NaPoWriMo this past April. And I did get two poems, both written during NaPoWriMo, published in an online magazine.
Anyways, here’s a look at my writing progress from September to December. And what my writing plan for 2018 will be.
I know NaNoWriMo is less than 60 days away, 51 days to be exact. But that doesn’t mean you can’t begin prepping for it. And I can’t think of a better and fun way than to use Pinterest.
Pinterest might not be as social as other social media but therein lies the beauty. Less distraction from engaging with other people. It’s a stimulating platform filled with thousands of images to prompt creativity. A tool to search, scrapbook and collect visual notes to help plan for your novel.
OMG, it’s September already?! Where has the time gone? Well at least it’s the favorite time of the month for us writers because it’s IWSG Day. The first Wednesday of the new month where writers come together on a blog hop. To help support each other in their success and when they’re downtrodden. Thanks goes to Alex Cavanaugh for creating this camaraderie between us.
And thanks goes to the awesome co-hosts for the September 6 posting of the IWSG: Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure! Don’t forget to stop by and say hi. 😀
Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.
What’s going on with me this month?
Well, I’m back from my blogging break. But now that I’m back, I hardly know what to blog about. Coming up with posts for the next couple of weeks won’t be as easy as my first post back. A “To or Not To” post about pen names. If you’d missed it, please visit and add your two cents. Continue reading
Hi Lidy, Thanks so much for hosting me today.
I hope readers will leave a comment below because I will add each commenter to a drawing for a free PDF copy of my cozy mystery, Deadly Undertaking. DEADLINE? Sunday, July 30th.
Today I attack my nemesis—using clichés in my writing. They are annoying for readers and a thorn in the side for editors too.
Writing and Removing Clichés by J.Q. Rose
For some reason clichés are not approved by editors when checking my stories. I don’t know why. It makes writing as easy as pie. These familiar expressions are as good as gold when it comes to taking a short cut in your storytelling.
Instead of writing a paragraph about how bad the storm is, I can just say the rain is coming down in buckets. The reader knows exactly how bad that is. However, after sending this in to the editor, the phrase will appear red-lined in the manuscript and a comment will show up in the margin gently reminding me that is a cliché. But seriously, if you have to describe how hot the weather is in a story, why can’t you say it was hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk? That really does explain the heat factor!