IWSG and Weekly News


It is time once again for a smattering of nervousness, a pinch of anxiety, a dash of insecurity. It is time for the twitchy, twittering writers of IWSG to come together and entertain/horrify with their drooling selves. Intrigued? Well, click on the image above and fly away to the link that gives access to all the insecurity you can handle.

The fantastic co-hosts for today are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover,Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

The August question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

My biggest pet peeve in reading is formulaic writing. I have left more than one writer I enjoyed reading in the dust when I began to feel like I was reading a slight variation on their last book. Writing is creative. It’s energizing. But only when it matters to the writer as much as the reader. If you find yourself filling in the blanks, then you need to stretch. Push harder. Change your POV, change your point-of-entry into the story, but definitely–most definitely–change something.

I have to say that I am hard on myself in this regard during both writing and editing as well. First and foremost, it has to be a story I’d be willing to read.


Time for some news.

This first story is full of creativity. It’s not the kind of thing I’m capable of on the artist side, or willing to participate in on the model side, but it does not make it less beautiful. Stunning!


When I see an animal that definitely exists but I don’t know what it is, my mind never reaches for a mythical creature. At least, until I’m writing a story. Why would several residents of the same neighborhood really go for a chupacabra as an explanation? Is there something up with the water in that SoCal community?


Last, but most definitely not least, the coolest teardrops you’ll ever see. The behavior of atoms within these drops is fascinating and thought-provoking. To be both as strong as steel and as fragile as glass simultaneously opens up so many things at once. I love science!


That’s all for me today. See you back here in seven.

About kimlajevardi

I am a forty-something-year-old writer. I'm currently drafting my second book. I've also written short stories, poems, and some non-fiction over the last several years. My interest in writing formed during countless hours with my nose tucked in books. I may have even been clutching a novel as I was born. :)
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6 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Donna L Hole says:

    I’ve had to quit on favorite authors too for that reason. Too predictable becomes boring. I try not to make the same mistakes in my writing, but authors still have to stick within some genre formula.

  2. spunkonastick says:

    Interesting about the glass teardrops.

    So much YA is formula now. That’s why DLP isn’t looking for any.

  3. emaginette says:

    Formulaic writing is fine for me as long as they dazzle me with some unique elements. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  4. Science is definitely awesome. Those teardrops are so beautiful. Chupacabra is just fun to say! *LOL* I’m hard on myself too.

  5. I try to write stories I want to read. But I’m sure my cup of tea doesn’t match the worlds!
    LOL Great links!

  6. That’s why some authors should hang it up after a dozen books or so – it becomes the same story over and over again,
    Coyotes with mange, people. No such thing as a chupacabra, despite what the X-Files say.

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