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12 Aug 2014

Is It Much or Many?

Quick Tips: Is it Much or Many?   When it comes to qualifiers, much and many are quite the troublemakers. Along with their friends little and few, and less and fewer, much and many are two commonly confused adjectives I see when editing. The question is how do you know when to use much and when to use many? It depends on the noun the...

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Articles / On Writing
11 Aug 2014

It’s All About The Name

Divas On Writing: It’s All About The Name   I can’t say that the one hardest thing about being a writer is naming your characters, but it can be a really, really frustrating part. And I mean really hair-pullingly frustrating. What impact will a character’s name have on their development? What’s the meaning behind the name? Does it roll off the tongue? Does it sound...

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Articles / Commonly Confused
05 Aug 2014

That’s All Well and Good

Quick Tips: That’s All Well and Good   Well and good are two words that seem to be used interchangeably with increasing frequency as of late. Either that, or I’m starting to succumb to the elementary school English spoken on the playground when I substitute at recess. So what better way to combat this than with an article to clearly define their proper use. 🙂 There...

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Articles / On Writing
04 Aug 2014

Keep it Consistent – Timelines

Divas on Writing: Keep it Consistent—Timelines   So you’ve been through developmental editing or a content editing. That involved a whole lot of rewriting, didn’t it? And though that’s good for your novel, it also can cause a whole host of problems—especially with consistency. There are several areas where continuity can be disrupted after a big edit. As this is a big topic, I am...

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Articles / On Writing
30 Jul 2014

What Do Acquisition Editors Really Want?

Featured Article: What Do Acquisition Editors Really Want?   Just what does that confounding acquisitions editor want from you? And you thought the age-old question about what women want was a stumper. Today I wanted to discuss just what it is that acquisition editors are looking for. Do you know what makes an editor choose one story over another? Well, it’s fairly simple really, but...

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Articles / On Writing
28 Jul 2014

Write It Out Longhand

Quick Tips: Write It Out Longhand   This week’s quick tips is very easy. Try writing out your story longhand. In fact it’s something that many writers have done before ever setting a word to type, but as an avenue it’s been lost in today’s technical age.  When I first started writing, I had journals and journals stacked in my closet. Back fifteen to twenty...

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Articles / On Writing
28 Jul 2014

Writer’s Block Isn’t Just For Novelists

 Writer’s Block Isn’t Just For Novelists Writer’s block. Two innocent words when used independently, but put them together and anyone who puts words to page will shudder. If you’ve spent any time at the Write Divas blog, you’ll recognize that we post articles every weekday—some are longer than others, but all involve some degree of writing. While some Divas are organized and have their articles...

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Articles / On Writing
22 Jul 2014

Use Revelatory Action

We often talk about subtlety and how you should harness the power of implication in your writing, but we haven’t really talked about HOW to do that. As I’ve often stated, technically all writing is “telling”. It’s just that some types of writing are less telling than others. It’s about what you tell and what you don’t. As an author, you want to be direct,...

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Articles / On Writing
21 Jul 2014

Character Voice

Divas on Writing: Character Voice   Do all your characters sound the same, use the same catch phrases, the same endearments? Is everyone snarky, timid or formal? Developing a distinctive voice for each character takes work. But if it’s done right, it can add depth to your characters and layers to your story. There are many things that can influence the way people sound, and...

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Articles / Diva Chat
16 Jul 2014

Diva Chat: Advice for First-Time Writers

Diva Chat: Advice for First Time Writers   You know what they say about unsolicited advice… Well, actually I can’t remember, so this month I asked the Divas one question: If you could give first time writers one piece of advice about writing or publishing, what would it be?​ We hope you enjoy our thoughts and can apply these gems to help you along in...

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