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25 Mar 2014

Common Comma Errors

Quick Tips: Common Comma Errors  ~oOo~ Commas are the bane of a copy editor’s existence. The rules of proper comma usage are vast and nearly impossible to list in something titled a Quick Tip. However, for today’s quick tip, here are some of the common comma errors we see on a regular basis: A misplaced comma before a conjunction and a dependent clause: Tom made his bed,...

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Articles / On Writing
24 Mar 2014

How to Spot Your Tic

Divas on Writing: How to Spot Your Tic We all have them, those nasty buggers that can suck the lifeblood out of your manuscript. The writer’s tic. Most times you don’t even see the tic until someone points it out, most likely your editor or pre-reader. You feel embarrassed, stupid, and scolded like a naughty child after your manuscript is ripped to bits because of...

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Articles / On Dialogue
21 Mar 2014

Direct and Indirect Narrative

Direct and Indirect Narrative   The difference between direct and indirect narrative is pretty straightforward. Direct narrative is basically describing everything in a scene, including all the action and detail. For example, say you’re writing a scene about pitcher throwing the winning strike in the game. Direct narrative allows you to describe everything from what the pitcher is feeling and  seeing to how he pitches...

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Articles / On Writing
18 Mar 2014

Real Character Flaws

Real Character Flaws We’ve all heard the old adage “no one’s perfect,” right? Let’s consider the flip side of this coin. What if everyone was perfect? Can you imagine it? A perfect world where everything goes your way and everyone is the absolute ideal? There are no struggles, nothing unexpected happens, and life is just perfect. Sounds great, right? Not really. There is a downside. Without struggles...

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Articles / On Writing
17 Mar 2014

Breaking Free From the Staging Trap

Breaking Free From the Staging Trap   Have you ever watched a couple of children play with Barbie Dolls? There’s quite an interesting and humorous thing that happens when the Barbies and Kens emerge. The children playing with them tend to narrate the motions, emotions, thoughts, discourse, and actions of their dolls—just like an author would with their characters. These children are so meticulous they...

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Articles / On Dialogue
14 Mar 2014

Accents and Dialects

Accents and Dialects   Who doesn’t love listening to an accent or an entertaining dialect, especially one delivered by a sexy model or actor? Accents and dialects make people more interesting, probably because the sound is interesting to listen to and offers a fresh perspective to the words being spoken. It also adds another layer to the character, makes them feel authentic, and gives clues...

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Articles / On Writing
12 Mar 2014

Ten Things that Should Be in Your Writer’s Toolbox

Ten Things that Should Be in Your Writer’s Toolbox In today’s article I’m going to cover the specific books and programs you should have squirreled away in your writer’s toolbox. Of course there is MUCH more out there than what is listed here, but this is a list to get you moving in the right direction. Must-have Books –The Basics The Latest Version of The...

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Articles / On Writing
11 Mar 2014

Book Inspiration

Quick Tips: Book Inspiration Many authors have been through it: missing their inspiration. Or more accurately, losing their inspirations. Getting the plot bunny, the excitement of starting a new story, and creating fresh characters are all great things when you first start your book, but when it comes to writing the actual words, something doesn’t always pan out. Is it your muse that simply isn’t...

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Articles / On Writing
10 Mar 2014

Pros and Cons of Writing a Series

Divas on Writing: Pros and Cons of Writing a Series ~oOo~ I read a lot. Mostly romance, like I’ve probably mentioned a million times before, but I’ve been known to stray to young adult and mysteries, too. I’ve found recently that I read a lot of series, and I wondered what was it about the series that draws me in? Some things that crossed my...

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Articles / On Dialogue
07 Mar 2014

Paragraphing Dialogue

Paragraphing Dialogue ~oOo~ “It’s not fair,” Brittany whined, stomping her foot and throwing her backpack on the floor. “You never let me do anything.” Her mother lifted her head and stopped sewing. “You’re right. I never let you do anything.” She rolled her eyes before continuing, “I make you slave around here day and night, and you never have any fun. It’s sheer luck the...

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