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Articles / On Writing
16 Jun 2014

Writing Effective Book Reviews

Divas On Writing: Writing Effective Book Reviews On the blog we have covered many topics on writing your novel, but we haven’t talked about writing reviews of books. Reviewers need love, too. Speaking as a book reviewer, I know how hard it can be to write an effective review that has a good balance of criticism and praise. And that is just what I aim...

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Adverbial Dialogue Tags
Articles / On Dialogue
10 Jun 2014

Adverbial Dialogue Tags

We’ve all see it and a good number of us are guilty of it. That’s right. I’m talking about adverbial dialogue tags. I know some of you are thinking this is another article about creative dialogue tags. Well, it’s not. This quick tip is about using adverbs to describe how dialogue is said. Aside from the obvious advice to minimize your use of adverbs by...

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Articles / On Writing
09 Jun 2014

So You Want to Write a Love Triangle

So You Want to Write a Love Triangle   Today, I’m going to discuss the good, the bad, the ugly, and the truly vomit-inducing aspects of the oft overused love triangle. Fair warning before you read this article: I’m not a fan of the love triangle. In fact, I generally despise them to the point that reading one makes me want to spork out my...

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Articles / On Writing
04 Jun 2014

Shay’s Top 4 Most Helpful Articles on Writing

Shay’s Top 4 Most Helpful Articles on the Craft of Writing and Author Life   There are a lot of articles out there on the craft of writing and being an author, and some are better than others. Like most editors, I have my favorites. The articles that I just enjoy or the ones that I recommend again and again to authors. So today, I’m...

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Articles / On Writing
03 Jun 2014

Knowing When To Step Away

Quick Tips: Knowing When To Step Away   Writing a book is hard work. I know this as an editor and as an author. I have written about a bajillion words (okay, not a bajillion, but many, many hundreds of thousands of words) on my own stories, blog posts, reviews, articles, etc. So it’s safe to say I know the amount of blood, sweat, and...

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Don’t Use Five-Dollar Words
Articles / On Writing
02 Jun 2014

Don’t Use Five-Dollar Words

Mark Twain is credited with saying a lot of things. Some will argue that not everything attributed to him actually originated with him, but he’s one of my go-to guys for helpful quotes. There’s actually one over my desk that reads: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you,...

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Articles / On Writing
27 May 2014

Characters Aren’t Mind Readers

Quick Tip: Characters Aren’t Mind Readers   Back in December, Diva Lauren wrote a quick tip on how readers aren’t mind readers. Well, today, we’re going to take that a step further and discuss how characters aren’t mind reader either. 🙂 This article is for those of you who are writing in the perspective of a character instead of an omniscient narrator. There’s a part of every...

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Articles / On Editing
26 May 2014

How to Revise a Manuscript

How to Revise a Manuscript   Congratulations! You’ve completed your novel. All the words are out of your head and typed up neatly in your word processing program. So by show of hands, how many of you then send it to the proofreader, editor, or bestie who reads all your stuff and then publish it? Don’t be shy. I want to see those hands. No,...

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Articles / Diva Chat
21 May 2014

Diva Chat: Authors and Bad Reviews

Diva Chat: Authors and Bad Reviews What happens when authors and reviewers mud sling.   In light of the rising backlash against negative reviews, I asked my fellow Divas to answer a few questions. What are the unwritten rules of engagement between authors and reviewers? Is it okay for authors to go on the offensive and attack those reviewers who provide a negative review (regardless...

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Articles / On Writing
19 May 2014

Surround Yourself With Diversity

Surround Yourself With Diversity   Someone once said, “Write what you know.”  We’ve all heard it before. And if taken literally… well, that’s a scary thing. Because I’m not that certain I know all that much about anything interesting. But I’m pretty sure the phrase wasn’t meant to be taken literally, at least not the way I look at it. I look at it as...

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