Writing and Removing Clichés by J.Q. Rose

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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!

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My 2017 Writing Plan

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 In 2015 I’d created a writing plan for 2016 that went against my nature, the nature of being a slow writer. In some ways it did work.

I started revising my NaNoWriMo 2015 novels Dreaming of You and The Soul Traveler. Had another successful National Poetry Month.  And my first blog tour for my poetry chapbook Can You Catch My Flow? Finally took my mythic fantasy work in progress, Harbingers of El Tinor, off of hiatus for NaNoWriMo 2016.

Yet my ultimate goal for 2017 is to finally add the greatest words in the dictionary at the end of my work in progress. “The End.” And with 2016 nearing it’s end, it’s safe to say that segmenting the year in quarters for my WIP doesn’t work of me. As Douglas Adams said, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

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IWSG Day- 5 Year Plan & Book Promotion

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Wow, it’s December, the final month of the year. And also the final IWSG of 2016 too. It’s been a great year, and turbulent as well. Still, I’m blessed to have and give much needed support through this writing community. All made possible by ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh. So thank you Alex and thank you Chrys, Stephanie, Quanie, Toni and Ula. Thank you to everyone I missed. Thank you for making 2016 a little bit better with your words of encouragement. With sharing our highs and our lows. Don’t think I can say it enough, but thank you. And Happy Holidays!

Don’t forget to check out our awesome co-hosts today Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

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Our Twitter hashtagis #IWSG.

December 7 Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Where do I see myself in 5 years? I have no idea. But I know where I’d like to be.

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Happy Book Release Anniversary & Giveaway!

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Wow, do you believe that it’s been two years since Can You Catch My Flow? was published? I certainly can’t. But, wow, times does fly.

So to celebrate all weekend long Can You Catch My Flow? will be available to download on Smashwords for free with coupon code VC48X.

On top of that, I’ll be giving away 3 autographed print books. Just follow the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Hurry fast, because everything will end in three days.

As they say all good things come in threes.

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About The Book:

Debut poetry chapbook Can You Catch My Flow? captures the everyday ordinary events of the human condition in poetic snapshots. No matter the walks of life, the reader is sure to find themselves within the lines.

Blurb:

Lidy’s poetry reveals an understanding that deep meaning can be felt in the details. Her poetry portrays a range of topics from the pressures to conform to societal expectations, friendship, monarch butterflies, partying, insomnia, and the quest for peace…just to name a few. Enjoy!- Shelah L. Maul

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As a writer/reader how do you celebrate book anniversaries? Do you celebrate them? Do you celebrate a character(s) birthday? As an author how does it feel to return on the day of your book release?