IWSG: “Your pet peeves?” Aug. 2, 2017

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 7 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

AUGUST 2 QUESTION:
What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

AUGUST 2 ANSWER:
Excess words that clutter the sentences and pull me out of the story.
News stories are the worst. I guess they get paid by the word…not for quality. 

I get peeved at myself for my limited vocabulary. Any suggestions for expanding my mental thesaurus dictionary?

Right now I’m peeved because I can’t think of anything else to add. To make your visit more interesting, I’m including a link to Grammar Girl’s Top Five Pet Peeves of 2008. The Grammar Girl examples capture popular issues of the time. A fun read.

I look forward to visiting your site and learning about your pet peeves.

IWSG: “One valuable lesson?” July 5, 2017

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 7 posting of the IWSG are Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynn, June Takey, Doreen McGettigan

 

JULY 7 QUESTION:
What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

JUNE 7 ANSWER:
Turn off my internal critic and turn on the word flow.

It’s 4:30am, a steaming cup of robust coffee within easy reach, and my finger tips on the keyboard. I close my eyes, press the keys, and write. Lots of misspelled words, but that’s OK. I’m content, my concept is out of my head and in electronic form.

IWSG: “I quit!” (June 7, 2017)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 7 posting of the IWSG are: JH Moncrieff, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Jen Chandler, Megan Morgan, Heather Gardner

JUNE 7 QUESTION:
Did you ever say “I quit!” ? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

JUNE 7 ANSWER:
Each month, the IWSG question causes me to pause, think, write. Thanks for these thought provoking opportunities.

I haven’t quit but I’ve been very frustrated and discouraged. The needs of others always seem to be a priority and I run out of gas (energy) for my creative expression. I do keep my head in the game by running our local writers’ group and participating in our monthly IWSG event.

Last week I was thrown another curve. I was asked to review & comment on an 8221 word story. How can I say no to a quadriplegic gentlemen that has recently mastered voice to text software?

IWSG A to Z Challenge (April 5, 2017)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the April 5 posting of the IWSG are: Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey!

APRIL 5 QUESTION

Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

APRIL 5 APRIL

NOPE. Got nothin’ to promote.

I did take on a challenge this month when I accepted the invitation to be Master of Ceremonies (MC) for April Meet the Author event.

IWSG Dusting Off Old Story (Mar 1, 2017)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the March 1 posting of the IWSG are: Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!

MARCH QUESTION:
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

MARCH ANSWER:
I write about my personal incidents with universal human interest appeal. Sometimes, I need several months to recover before I can write the story. For example, when we visited France in April & May 2016, Rick was admitted into two French hospitals

The people we met and guardian angel type events are worth telling. So, when are my stories too old to tell?

I’ve had comments, “That was nice, but what’s going on now?”

IWSG Writing & Reading (Feb 1, 2017)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are: Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Joylene Butler

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FEBRUARY’S QUESTION: 

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

ANSWER:

As I work on my craft of writing, my appreciation for tight writing has grown beyond my wildest expectation and stolen some of the pleasure. It’s almost impossible to read a newspaper article. Typically, these stories are stuffed with useless helping words and my attention drifts to other gaudy headlines.

I struggle to capture the emotions of my characters and create vivid scenes. It’s been drummed into my head, “Show, don’t tell.” Well, Joylene Butler has a different opinion. She assures me telling is OK.

As I read a scene from “Q Is For Quarry” by Sue Grafton, I recognized telling moved the story along and engaged my imagination. Capturing the reader’s attention is the goal, right?

I just finished “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham and had nightmares. I’m going back to the book and figure out why.

Writing is responsible for my shameful habit of marking up the text and writing in the margins. Gasp!

So to answer the question, has being a writer changed my experience? Answer: YES.

Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment. I promise to reply and visit your site.

IWSG Writing Rule (Jan. 4, 2017)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are:

Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, Heather Gardner.

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JANUARY’S QUESTION: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard? 😳

 

ANSWER: Rule: Don’t use adverbs. I have a love-hate relationship with those darn things! Working through the word substitution task hurts my brain. The results are worth the struggle.

IWSG Five Years From Now (Dec. 7, 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG will be  Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

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

ANSWER: When I first read this question, my initial response was quite depressing which surprised me. I had been dealing with serious medical and financial issues for a very long time. I was overwhelmed and life seemed to be spiraling downward. In that moment, I could not conceive a positive future, whether it was writing or simply living.

My son reminded me to trust the process. As I turned my attention to those words, the process started to unfold and solutions began to surface. I felt renewed courage as seeds of positive energy began to sprout inside my heart. My outlook on life perked up.

So back to the original question, in terms of writing, where do I see myself in five years? After reading Joylene Nowell Butler’s answer to this question, I’ve amend my reply.

Joylene reminded me that life is filled with twists and turns. I don’t know what the future holds. However, I’d like to continue posting to my blog. Hopefully, entertaining all that stop by to read. And participate in IWSG.

What’s the plan to get there? Continue developing my writing style; compose a minimum 500 words each month with the intention of posting on my blog or publish in an eBook, and trusting the process.

IWSG Favorite Aspect of Being a Writer (Nov. 2, 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG will be  Joylene Nowell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaar, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, Christine Rains!

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OCTOBER’S QUESTION: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

ANSWER: My favorite aspect of being a writer is telling stories about Rick and me.

The story below is a recent event that happened to us. When this draft is properly edited, I hope the words leap off the page and grab the readers by the throat.

“Mâtowak Woman Who Cries” Virtual Book Tour

It is my pleasure to shine a light on Joylene Nowell Butler’s latest release, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries.

Let’s begin with the cover reveal of Mâtowak Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler! Be sure to check out the synopsis, read a sneak preview, and meet the author.

You’ll even be given a chance to enter the giveaway and grab your copy November 1st!

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Author Joylene Nowell Butler is on tour this month with her new novel, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries, being released Nov. 1 by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C.

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As part of the tour, Joylene is sharing excerpts from her new murder mystery and answering some questions.

First A Brief Synopsis…

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…

When Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder.

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