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Articles / On Writing
21 Apr 2014

Short vs. Long Stories

Divas on Writing: Short vs. Long Stories   More and more authors are writing short stories as a way to introduce themselves in the world of independent publishing. It’s a simpler and less time intensive way to make a name for yourself and create a fan base. Short stories can range in length from as little as ten to fifty thousand words. But the range...

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Articles / On Writing
15 Apr 2014

Avoid The Rut of Thesis Statement Writing

Quick Tips: Avoid The Rut of Thesis Statement Writing   A few years ago I was helping out in one of the fourth grade classes at my local elementary school. The teacher instructed the students on how to write a paragraph. Part of my job was to help these students organize their ideas and correct their mistakes. A match made in heaven, right? The teacher...

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Articles / On Writing
14 Apr 2014

What Jonathan Coulton Can Teach You about Writing Comedy

What Jonathan Coulton Can Teach You about Writing Comedy . Well, it’s one day before the big tax deadline, so I thought I would keep it light. Today I’m sharing with you five classic Jonathan Coulton songs and discussing what they can teach you about writing comedy. If you don’t know who Jonathan Coulton is, you’re really missing out. He’s an independent artist with a...

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Articles / On Writing
09 Apr 2014

Creative Exhaustion

CREATIVE EXHAUSTION Last month, I wrote about overstaging. In it I covered the propensity for new authors to over direct their descriptions, settings, characters, and plots. This over directing can lead to a whole host of problems, which we will cover in part here. Overstaging is a progressive trap. It begins with an author who keeps an iron-clad grip on their novel, characters, and plot....

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Articles / On Writing
08 Apr 2014

It’s Not A Race

Quick Tips: It’s Not A Race   Recently I got into a Facebook discussion with two great authors. One question posed was how some authors seem to write and publish a book in the blink of an eye. This spurred questions about if the authors speed in writing equates to lower quality books and does such quick turnaround time for these published books mean that...

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Articles / On Writing
07 Apr 2014

Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone   In writing, like in any other part of our lives, we can find ourselves doing the same thing, the same way, over and over. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing; there are many processes in day-to-day life that are much better if done systematically—socks before shoes and brushing after meals, you know what I mean. But there...

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Articles / On Writing
01 Apr 2014

Simultaneous Action

Simultaneous Action   As you know from our articles on participial phrases, there are some structures that imply simultaneous action. But did you know there are other ways in which simultaneous action can go wrong? Generally, this involves adverbial clauses and phrases that begin with words such as: while, during, when, and as. It is necessary to make sure that the action happening in the...

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Articles / On Writing
31 Mar 2014

Book Summaries

Book Summaries   In basketball, one of the hardest shots to make is the dreaded free throw. I mean, look at it. It’s a straight shot, not too far, not too close, and no one is trying to block or knock the ball out of your hands. It’s an easy shot! And yet people struggle with it. Summary writing is a lot like that. It...

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Articles / On Dialogue
28 Mar 2014

Creative Narrative

So what is creative narrative, you ask? Well, it’s basically descriptive narrative that is used in conjunction with dialogue. It identifies who is speaking. Naturally, the next question is: why is creative narrative better than using a dialogue tag? After all, tossing in a dialogue tag is much easier. That answer is not so simple. The truth is it’s not always better to use creative...

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Articles / Diva Chat
26 Mar 2014

Diva Chat: Should We Ban Bossy?

Should We Ban Bossy?   Recently Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg did something that makes little sense to me. She called for a ban on the word bossy. She claims that this word is used to belittle girls and women; therefore, the offending word must be banned in the name of feminism. When I first heard about this, I was confused. What did the word bossy ever...

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