Tuesday, August 1, 2017

IWSG: Pet Peeves, Summer Readers Circle

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. 
Time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group(IWSG) blog hop! 

Internet Writers Support Group Blog Hop

First Wednesday of every month.
What is IWSG? Founder of the  Insecure Writer’s Support Group and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" You're invited to become a member of this supportive group.

The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page. I hope you'll take some time to visit the diverse list of bloggers.

IWSG Question for the Month
Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?
Pet peeves are things that annoy or bother a person. Some are universal and some are peculiar to one person. I'm looking forward to discovering this group's pet peeves--universal and individual.

In reading I am annoyed when reading a series and and the ending doesn't tie up the loose ends of the story. Instead the author doesn't resolve the conflict, but instead touts the fact you'll have to buy her next book(s) to find out the ending.

In writing, my own writing, I hate the fact I use cliches. I depend on my writers group to discover them and help me re-word the idea in a creative way. Read my post on Lidy Wilks blog, Paving My Road to Writing, and you'll see what I mean....

In editing my work, I use passive voice. That's okay to just get the words down on paper, but it does take longer to find and reword the sentence so it is in active voice. I also overuse the word "just." 

Do you have words you overuse too? Leave a comment below and let us know. Thanks.
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August is a bittersweet month with days of sun and fun still ahead, but also school starts so the carefree time will turn into schedule and commitments. Enjoy what's left of the "good ole summertime" at least in the Northern hemisphere.
You're invited to join the Summer Readers Circle this Friday, August 4,
when audiobook author Miss Mae joins us to answer the questions
about her amazing audiobook, Catch Me If You Can.
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  1. Hi, J.Q. I had to smile when I read your writing peeves, because I am guilty of all three, cliches, passive voice, and just. I haven't run into your series problem, but that would really irritate me, especially if the author said I'd have to buy the next book in the series to find out how the conflict is resolved. It's always sad to see summer slipping away ~ Enjoy the rest of yours!

  2. Thank you, Fundy Blue. Good to know I'm not alone in those pet peeves. You have a great summer too!

  3. Hi,
    I hate it when a writer has a series and then doesn't deliver. I was deep into a series that a writer started and the last book was supposed to come out in 2014. She started apologising for not meeting the deadline because she change it a couple of times. Since 2016, I've given up on her ever bringing the series to a close.

    As for writing in the passive voice, I do it too. However, I've stopped knocking myself out for doing it. I'm not perfect.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia at Everything Must Change

  4. Yes. Cliches are something that sneak in during my first draft. I let them knowing they'll be gone by my last. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  5. Yup do all that too. I use too many comparison word like "like" and there you go.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  6. Passive voice is hard to escape completely. I still have passive voice in my stories. I cut out as much as possible, but I don't stress if passive voice is still there. It's normal. :)

  7. I expect books in a series to wrap up but leave the door open for the next one. And there should be an overall story arc. But I hate it when the book doesn't have a satisfying ending. My fav words are just, now, okay. Gotta stop using them so often.

  8. That's my pet peeve too.
    I have so many words of use and over use. It gets ridiculous!

  9. Raymond Chandler was asked, "What happened to the chauffeur who was murdered in the beginning?"
    "Oh. I totally forgot about him," said Chandler.

    Great post. Happy IWSG Wednesday!

  10. Greetings, Ms. Rose!

    We meet again, heh heh. As the only official unofficial cyberspace Pukelitzer Award winning reporter EVAH, all I gotta ask is...uh, what's a cliche? Something like crochet? heh heh

  11. I don't like when author's use "gimmicks" to get you to buy the next book. Writing a good story that engages the reader should be what sells the next book.

    Sometimes I have to use that word search feature to find all the words i consistently over use. I guess that is what revision and editing are for :)

  12. Hey, JQ. I guess what I hate most in books and will stop reading is if I don't like the main characters. I know they have to be flawed, but jimimey, some of them I think, who cares?
    And my personal tastes leads me away from first person books, unless I know the authors and then I'll read those. And don't switch back and forth betwen third person and first person. There's a popular author who does that. The author writes really well, but that makes me nuts. It's marked clearly, like a different chapter, but I find it off-putting. Good thing for the author, there are more people who like it than who don't. Gosh, I guess I've got lots of opinions! LOL I've shared. :)

  13. Pat, I know what you mean. You get caught up in the characters and want more.Disappointing when the author doesn't keep a promise there will be more.

  14. Hi Anna, Yes, it's better to just use cliches and keep writing. You have the right attitude! Write on!!

  15. Hey Juneta, Like I know what you mean!!!

  16. Hi Chris, Glad to know you're okay with some passive voice. It is a necessity in some situations.

  17. Diane, Well said. Wrap up the story and leave the door open for the next one. You know, I just have a hard time with just too!

  18. Hi Yolanda, overused words must be a universal problem. I guess that's why there is the word finder program...

  19. Hey Adrienne, laughed at the quote. Thanks for sharing.

  20. No, Nosey, a cliche is ---. Ummm..Yeah, sounds like crochet. We'll go with that.

  21. Hi Dolorah, and aren't we glad there is that word finder program? Saves a LOT of time, but sometimes it's disheartening to know there are a ginormous number of the word just in the ms.!!!

  22. Hi Marsha, I have problems with mixing up the first and third person chapters too even when labeled with the character's name. I read 1/3 of the book before I figured out that's what made me so uncomfortable.

  23. I agree! I do not like cliff hanger endings especially when you've already waited so long to read a book and then have to wait again to see what happens I nhe next one. I also overuse just. Have a great week :)

  24. I hate it when you finish a book only to find out it's really just Part 1 and you have to get the next book to find out how it ends (although that often ends up being Part 2). I like each book in a series to wrap things up with the main plot, but leave you wanting more and to see how the overall series plot continues.

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  26. I don't mind open endings, but not if they are only for the purpose of the sequel.

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