Author Archives: Janine Savage



Janine Savage

in Articles, On Writing

What Raiders of the Lost Ark Taught Me About Storytelling

What Raiders of the Lost Ark Taught Me About Storytelling   Earlier today, Raiders of the Lost Ark was on television. This was one of my all-time favorite movies when I was a kid. I still remember riding in the car with my family as we drove the thirty miles to the closest theater in Jerome, Idaho to see this movie for the first time. I was twelve years...

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03 Mar 2014
in Articles, Diva Chat

Diva Chat: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green   This month’s topic is the YA romance The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is the sixth novel for Green, having authored Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances, Paper Towns, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Several of Green’s novels have won many awards and been optioned for...

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26 Feb 2014
in Articles, On Editing

What to Do With Your First Draft

What to Do With Your First Draft   Congratulations! You’ve done something that most would-be writers have not—completed your novel. I can feel your satisfied grin from here. So now that you’ve finished that first draft, what should you do with it? If “Publish it now!” is your first thought, I want you to take a step away from your manuscript. In fact, you should...

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18 Feb 2014
in Articles, On Editing

Proofread

Divas on Editing: Proofread When most people ask for a proofread, they expect their manuscript will get a once-over to fix errors and make sure it makes sense. But there’s a lot more to a proofread than simply catching typos and misspelled words. Proofreading is less about the content of the document and more about writing and typographical errors. And before you object, the answer...

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14 Feb 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: 3 Steps to Recycling Your Half-Finished Novels by Joe Bunting

Divas Recommend: 3 Steps to Recycling Your Half-Finished Novels by Joe Bunting I love it when I come across an article that helps me make something useful out of one of my creations languishing away because of lack of interest or a creative roadblock. Joe Bunting’s article “3 Steps to Recycling Your Half-Finished Novels” found on the The Write Practice website is just such an...

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13 Feb 2014
Use the Five C’s of Copy Editing When Writing
in Articles, On Writing

Use the Five C’s of Copy Editing When Writing

The Five C’s of Copy Editing—clear, correct, concise, comprehensive, and consistent—is what most editors strive for when editing a manuscript. Authors rely on editors to look for these things and help them see where they can improve. So I asked myself: Why use the Five C’s of Copy Editing when writing? Because these are elements authors can use to improve. Clarity Clichéd, idiomatic, vague and poetic...

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03 Feb 2014
in Special

Diva Chat: 2014 Writing Conferences

2014 Writing Conferences (Short List)   Every year talented people put together wonderful events to educate aspiring writers and published authors about the ever-changing world of publishing and help them fine tune their craft. Because I can’t possibly put together a complete list (no matter how hard I try),  I’ve asked the Divas to recommend three writing conferences in their area. This article lists U....

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29 Jan 2014
in Articles, On Writing

How to Find a Writing Critique Group

How to Find a Writing Critique Group Not sure where to start your search for a writing critique group? This can be a scary thing for a writer who’s just starting out. The good news is, there are writing critique groups out there if you know where to look and what kind of group you want to join. Decide if you want to join an...

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21 Jan 2014
in Articles, On Editing

Manuscript Assessment

Manuscript Assessment A manuscript assessment has several names: assessment, critique, analysis, evaluation, etc. But what does it do? It is an editor’s evaluation of a story as a whole. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript to help the author find problem areas at an early stage in the writing and polishing process. The assessment looks at several areas that contribute to...

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17 Jan 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: Choices and Crises Show True Character by Becca Puglisi

  Divas Recommend: Choices and Crises Show True Character by Becca Puglisi   I came across this article “Choices and Crises Show True Character” by Becca Puglsi a week ago and wanted to share. I enjoyed Becca discussion on character development and that a person or character never shows his or her true self until faced with a crisis. Enjoy the article and let Becca or Write Divas know what...

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16 Jan 2014
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