To Pen Name or Not to Pen Name

To Pen Name or Not to Pen Name

Hi everyone!

I’m back for good from my blogging break. And I can’t think of any other way say to welcome back than this:

As for my first post back, today’s post is a “To or Not to’ where I pose a question for readers and writers alike to answer. So far, we’ve spoken our thoughts and feelings about prologues. Also the love triangle trope and romance subplot in novels. Continue reading

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Tri-Annual Writing Progress Report #2

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Hi all!

How was everyone’s summer? Ready for back to school?

It’s been four months since my last tri-annual report. So how far have I come since April 2017? Hhmmm… I’m not the best judge of character since I’m leaning towards not much. What do you say?

Here’s what I’ve been able to accomplish and or fall by the wayside the past four months.
Sumbissions:

  • Still awaiting notification from Feminine Collective magazine about the four poems I sent in June. Sent a submission status query and keeping fingers crossed.

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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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IWSG Day- A New Chapter

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Hey all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month. Know what that means? It’s IWSG day! A day where us writers get together in the blogosphere to share our successes and concerns. To encourage each other when we stumble in our lives as we undergo our writing journey. And thanks for gathering us together each month goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex J. Cavanaugh!

Thanks also goes to our awesome co-hosts today: Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter!

Interested in joining our community? Click on the badge above. The Twitter handle is @THEIWSG and hashtag #IWSG. Continue reading