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11 Mar 2015

Commonly Confused: Bare versus Bear

Commonly Confused: Bare versus Bear By a show of hands, how many still flub up using bare and bear from time to time? I’m relying on your complete honesty here. I promise I won’t call you out on it unless I’m editing your manuscript. 🙂 Why do we mix up bare and bear? It should be straightforward. To paraphrase Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary… BEAR Bear is straightforward...

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Articles / On Writing
09 Mar 2015

Writing A Book According To Pinterest

Writing A Book According To Pinterest How many of you know that you can use Pinterest as a writing or editing resource tool? Before Write Divas starting pinning, I had no clue that anyone would find useful pins for writing. Hey, Pinterest is all about DIY things and recipes, right? Wrong. There is a ton of great articles, lists, diagrams, pictures, prompts, and writing exercises writers can...

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Articles / On Writing
02 Mar 2015

Third Person Narrative Perspectives

Divas on Writing: Third Person Narrative Perspectives Today we are going to discuss the differences between omniscient and limited third person narrative perspectives. I believe that every writer needs to have a good handle on narrative perspective before they put pen to paper. Not having such will lead to a narration that is all over the map. What you want is consistency in narrative tone...

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Articles / On Editing
25 Feb 2015

Editor Speak 101: Types of Editors

Editor Speak 101 – Types of Editors During and even before an edit, you are going to hear a lot of terms, both technical and grammatical, that you may not have heard before. In this series, we are going to define these terms so you and your editor will have a common ground when speaking about your edit. First, before we get into the good...

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Articles / On Writing
23 Feb 2015

Point of View: Keeping Your Voices Distinct

Point of View: Keeping Your Voices Distinct Most of the authors I know are women, and one of the biggest struggles I see with women authors is writing a realistic male character—or at least making the male protagonist’s voice distinctly different from that of his female counterpart. Too often there is little variation in voice or tone when the point of view changes from female lead...

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Articles / Commonly Confused
18 Feb 2015

Commonly Confused: Complement and Compliment

Commonly Confused: Complement and Compliment Today’s commonly confused pair is actually not so commonly confused, it just happened to be a pair I saw in something I was working on.  I’m a total word nerd, so I like understanding why we use certain words in one circumstance and certain words in another.  So I researched complement/complementary and compliment/complimentary. According to Merriam-Webster: Complement:  Noun—Something that fills...

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Articles / On Writing
16 Feb 2015

Top 10 Grammar Pet Peeves

Top 10 Grammar Pet Peeves   As an editor, I find that most people feel compelled to apologize to me when they have typos in their messages or use incorrect grammar around me. I usually try to reassure people that I’m not secretly editing them… mostly. I admit there are a few grammar goofs that will always catch my attention. These are the ones I have a...

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Bad Writing Advice
Articles / On Writing
11 Feb 2015

Bad Writing Advice

At the end of January, I had the opportunity to attend the Salt Lake Comic Con FanX event and attend several wonderful author panels about various writing topics. One of those panels tackled the topic of “Bad Writing Advice” with authors Dan Wells, Natalie Whipple, Nathan Shumate, Dan Willis, Johnny Worthen, Jared Quan, and Larry Correia. The authors on the panel were wonderfully entertaining, but...

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Articles / On Writing
09 Feb 2015

Writing Character Sheets

Writing Character Sheets So you have this fab plot bunny and can’t wait to start writing your next best seller. You sit down at your computer, raring to go and not going to come up for air until you have at least five thousand words written. Sure, this sounds all hunky-dory but then the you hit the wall right around chapter four. (I know because...

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Articles / On Editing
02 Feb 2015

Steps to Revising Your Manuscript

Divas on Writing: Steps to Revising your Manuscript   So you have had your manuscript edited. What was returned to you looked like a mix between Greek and hieroglyphics. Where in the world do you begin? Do you just jump in? Do you handle the small stuff first? Do you clear the underbrush so you can see the big picture? Well, there are a lot...

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