IWSG JANUARY 4th, 2017

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What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

I try not to worry about the rules in the original writing and first revision.  Google is my best friend when I need to know something.  I’ve been out of school long enough I don’t remember a lot of specifics except in rote.   Ask me why and I will have to look it up to explain, or the question causes doubt with the same result.   When I am really stumped I will refer to The Elements of Style, The Grammar Girl, The Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation.

I am still working on my projects but in the end, I will have a professional edit done before sending it out into the world on its own.  I will also utilize Grammarly, Beta Readers and maybe on or two other editing software programs.



January’s Author Spotlight is on IWSG community authors:

J. Q Rose & Christine Raines.







Dangerous Sanctuary

Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.

Detective Cole Stephens doesn’t want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.

Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?



A Glimpse Into Christine Rains Inspiration


Dark Dawning: (Book One Totem Series)

It’s a dark day when someone murders one of their own.

Shifters across Alaska are going missing. When up and coming interior designer Ametta Dorn rescues the gorgeous Kodiak shifter Lucky Osberg, she comes into the crosshairs of two relentless hunters. While Lucky sets his sights on wooing her, the killers seek to not only capture her in her powerful polar bear form but to also take her skin.

To prevent her murder and the deaths of other shifters, she must work with Lucky to track down and stop these merciless hunters. After all, their enemy’s plan for shifter skins is something much more terrifying than collecting mere trophies.

The Complete Series 6 Books Strong

Book 7 TBA









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  • I Google a lot too! Thank you so much for featuring me, and congrats to JQ Rose. You made my week. 🙂

  • I agree with your methodology for writing, but too often have people complained about a lack of perfection in an early draft. Finding the right critique partner is nothing short of magic. Thanks for sharing.

  • Write like you don’t care, then write like you do care. Once it is to your satisfaction, give it to people who will tear it up with no remorse, and use that to make your story even better. It’s a hard path, but one that is worth it. The more eyes the can criticize it, the better.

  • I’m always googling stuff too. Luckily, you can break a lot of rules in fiction writing as long as it’s the correct meaning and spelling. LOL.

  • Great strategy, Juneta. Getting hung up on the rules can stifle early drafts. A good editor will help with structure and flow. Best wishes to you. And, thanks for the nice comment on my blog!

  • Like Diane, I check the Chicago Manual of Style. I have a pretty good grasp of grammar. It’s those arbitrary rules that somebody somewhere pulled out of the air that make my life difficult.

  • Lee

    Oh yeah – Google is a great tool for checking and/or ignoring rules. I use it all the time for the grammar quandries (laid or lain – just did this one). Strunk and White and Warriner’s (recommended by Stephen King) are on my shelf, as well.

  • chemistken

    I think I worry too much about the rules during my first draft, even though I know I shouldn’t. Sometimes it paralyses me and the writing suffers. Yeah, Google does have all the answers.

  • spunkonastick

    I always check the Chicago Manual of Style if I’m not sure.

  • Loni Townsend

    Grats to J.Q. and Christine!

    I like your take on the rules. Write what you write, and check the grammar later. 🙂

  • Hi Juneta, Thanks so much for spotlighting me today! You are very generous to feature authors on your blog. Thanks to commenters for your congratulations and kind words. I appreciate this group’s support so much and always look forward to the first Wed of the month! My copy of Elements of Style is dog-eared and getting a bit raggedy, but it’s my go-to resource when I’m editing. I forgot about Grammarly and the other resources. I’ll need to check ’em out. Thanks.
    JQ Rose

  • I like that “ignoring the rules” on a first draft. I’ve come to this magically point where they’re so ingrained that I don’t have to focus much on them. (At least as far as structure goes. Prose is always a fickle beast.) Awesome to see J.Q. Rose and Christine here! Hope 2017 is treating you well!

  • I don’t worry too much about the rules during the first couple of drafts.That’s what revisions are for. 🙂

  • I have to look up the rules too from time to time. I don’t know what I would do without Google.

  • Congrats to JQ & Christine!

    It’s good to not get stuck on the rules in the early drafts – worrying about that can kill creativity and stymie progress. it’s awesome to be a writer in the age of Internet. 🙂

  • Great to see Janet and Christine spotlighted. Reminds me how wonderful our blogland is. I’ve known them both for what feels like years. Yet we’ve never met. Isn’t that incredible and wonderful! And yes, having the world at our fingertips makes writing so much easier. I remember when I had to spend a few days in the library. Those were great days, and I miss them, but really! Amen to the www.

  • Angela Wooldridge

    Happy New Year! Yep, I try not to assume I’m right about anything as those times when I’m most positive are when I’m utterly wrong!

  • Happy New Year!
    Good to know that someone else will send out their work to a professional editor. That is what I am planning to do also. When I write, I use Grammarly and Autocrit. They are also two very helpful books.

    All the best.
    Pat Garcia

  • I think it’s easy, especially when starting out writing, to get bogged down in “the rules”. Good writing is about reinventing them. Congrats to both authors!

  • Excellent places to get advice. We all need them once in a while. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  • I’m with you on that. EB White is my go-to resource. If I get stuck, I Google it!

  • Excellent authors to feature this month.
    Google is the answer to everything.

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