Clichés to avoid

Clichés let your reader know that you aren’t very creative, and you will settle with less than cool. Who wants to read an un-creative book? You don’t have to memorize this list, and you don’t have to avoid these phrases at the cost of your life, but you would do well to stay away from them most of the time. I got this list from Resources for Writers and What if? Exercises for Fiction Writers.

All work no play
An emotional roller coaster
A number of….
As everybody knows
At a loss for words
At this point in time
Better late than never
Better than ever
Break the ice
Cold, cruel world
Cry your eyes out
Drop in the bucket
Easier said than done
Free as a bird
For some curious reason
Green with envy
Had a hard time of it
He lived in the moment
Hustle and bustle
In the nick of time
In this day and age
It came as no surprise
It dawned on me
It goes without saying
It was beyond him
Last but not least
Little did I know
Living hand to mouth
Make ends meet
Needless to say
One in a million
On top of the world
Out of this world
Sad but true
Saw the light
She didn’t know where she was
Short but sweet
Sigh of relief
Singing the blues
Taking a big chance
Things were getting out of hand
Time and time again
Too close for comfort
Too little, too late
Took a turn for the worse
To no avail
Tried and true
Under the weather
Well in advance
Where he is coming from
Without thinking
Word to the wise
Work like a dog

signed

-Electric Bubbles

Questioning about Questioning

Our third prewriting activity out of freewriting, listing, questioning, keeping a journal, clustering, and outlining.

Questioning

Do you have any questions that need to be answered?
Of course you do
Do you know all you need to know about your topic?
Of course you don’t
Do you know all the details? If so, you need to make sure by asking critical questions
Are you sure that you know them well? Be sure
Shouldn’t you research to make sure? Yes, do research
Shouldn’t you plan everything ahead of time? Yes, always plan
Isn’t the best way to ask questions and answer them? Yes, the best way is to ask questions
Is it that simple? Yes it is that simple
Should you know anything else? Not much, just use a T-chart and ask and answer questions. That’s all there is to it.

signed

-Electric Bubbles

P.S. Did you know that in 4+4 days I will turn 4×4 years old?

P.S.S. Did you also know that it is the FOUR leaf clovers that are lucky? Not the three, although three is somehow magic.

Listing about listing

2nd in our little pre-writing series of freewriting, listing, questioning, keeping a journal, outlining, and clustering.

Listing

Everything you know
Everything you need to know
Sort through later
Write it now
Don’t stress
What else do you know?
You know more
Write it out
Scene details?
Information?
Points?
Names?
Personality traits?
Important history?
Non-important history?
Points?
Random thoughts?
No need for alphabetical order
Or for spelling correction
Put in Novel Files

Signed
-Electric Bubbles

Freewriting about freewriting

Freewriting

I am going to freewrite about freewriting. Won’t that be fun? I am going through a writing book right now called Resources for Writers, and it is making me freewrite. I do not mind this exercise, for freewriting is almost as fun as the first draft. I enjoy writing thr first draft, but not rewriting. So yeah, I do not know how long I am supposed to freewrite, but I will talk about the thing itself.

Freewriting is putting everything down on paper. Freewriting is just spilling over and making sure you don’t forget anything until you write it down. Gail Carson Levine came up with a word that means, “having a great idea and forgetting it before you get it down on paper” and I wish I could remember what that long awesome sounding word was, because it would be useful in everyday life to explain my illness. I have this illness you see, not writing it soon enough and as soon as I sit down with the paper and pen (or laptop) I have forgotten it. That is why you should have one long freewriting session for each thing you write, essay, article, story, maybe even each scene of a novel. You might list points you want to make, feelings you want to draw out, or information you want to give. So yeah, that.

When you freewrite, you should, well first you should practice typing so that you can type quickly. Then you should set a timer for like about 15 minutes or so and just write everything that comes to mind. I mean everything. And when you don’t know what to write about, just write a random word. Or actually, my book that I’m reading, or working through, it says to write your topic word over and over, like this, freewriting, freewriting, freewriting. And so on. So yeah, I guess that would work to keep your mind on topic while you write, because I have a tendancy to go off on a bunch of side trails. But back to our topic of freewriting, freewriting, freewriting. I just had the random thought, should “freewriting” be together or should it be “free writing”? My book says “freewriting” and the book is always right, right?
So yeah, what else do we know about freewriting? Um, freewriting, freewriting, freewriting. Freewriting……freewriting. I don’t know. Let’s see, there are 6 prewriting thingies that you can do before the first draft. Brb. Okay I’m back. Daddy just gave me and Gennie a talk about the business. But back to freewriting. There is 6 thingies you can do before the first draft. Freewriting, listing, questioning, keeping a journal, clustering, and outlining. I will have to do each of these, so I’ll post them as I go, hmm?

When you freewriting, never stop typing. Never stop thinking. What do you know about the topic? What does the audience need to know? And all those great important questions. And now I need to ask, what do I know about freewriting? I know that, um it’s fun, it’s good, it’s helpful, you can’t stress when you do it, you just have to keep writing, you can’t worry about spelling and stuffs, and yeah. That.

And would you know it, I’ve got to go eat lunch, but that’s not the worst thing that could happen. So yeah, I think I have to stop typing now about freewriting, even though I haven’t sat here for 15 minutes yet. Oops, I really got to go now. BYE! Happy freewriting!

signed

-Electric Bubbles