Author Archives: Janine Savage



Janine Savage

in Articles, On Writing

Creative Roadblocks

Creative Roadblocks: What keeps you from writing? As I look back on the past year, I am reminded that I didn’t write that novel I’d planned to get on paper. I wrote plenty for this site, and while I can count that as practicing my craft in a sense, it did not get me any closer to my goal to write a novel. So why didn’t...

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05 Jan 2014
in Special

Twelve Days of Christmas: Humor

Twelve Days of Christmas: Humor   The holidays should be a happy time filled with love and laughter. So with that in mind, I bring you twelve funny holiday memes (in no particular order) for your viewing pleasure. Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!                                      ...

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26 Dec 2013
in Articles, On Genre

Thrillers

I love thrillers, so when we selected the genres we wanted to write about, I claimed this one immediately. From Homer’s Odyssey and Little Riding Hood to Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris and American Assassin by Vince Flynn, the thriller genre is one of the most popular in fiction books today. Books in this genre are designed to thrill readers, to keep the...

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20 Dec 2013
in Articles, On Writing

Overuse of The Five Senses in Writing

Overuse of The Five Senses in Writing   I read a book a while back and came across a quirk in the writing that I had to weigh in on. The use of the five senses in writing when describing elements in a novel is a useful tool to bring dimension to a story… to a point. So often when a writer employs this device...

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09 Dec 2013
in Tips

Quick Tips: Do I Need an Outline?

Do I Need an Outline? If you’d asked me this question a few years ago, I would have said yes, you need one. Then I wrote a story as an exercise, I didn’t think about an outline until I was about halfway through, and the only reason I created an outline was so I didn’t forget what I wanted to do. Now when I say...

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03 Dec 2013
in Diva Chat

Diva Chat: Divas Picks for Best Reads of 2013

Divas Picks for Best Reads of 2013   I challenged the divas to give me their personal picks for favorite book they read in 2013. With so many books and even less time to read, this was a difficult task. I wasn’t just looking for good book recommendations. I wanted their favorite, the book that stood out to them above everything else they’d read that...

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27 Nov 2013
in On Writing

Divas on Writing: How to Write a Love Scene

How to Write a Love Scene An Editor’s View Fewer things in writing are as daunting as creating a love scene. There’s no step-by-step guide or tried and true method for guaranteed success—not only that, but writing a love scene can be a very personal expression of the author’s self. For the purposes of this article, I will address mainstream romance, not erotica. According to...

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18 Nov 2013
in Recs

The Divas Recommend: Does Bruce Willis Have a Dog? by Mike Wells

Hello Diva Followers!   This week for The Divas Recommend we present… drumroll, please…  “Does Bruce Willis Have a Dog?” brought to us by Mike Wells and his The Green Water Blog. I’m always on the lookout for articles that educate in an entertaining way. “Does Bruce Willis Have a Dog?” doesn’t disappoint. It delights while imparting invaluable writing advice to aspiring writers about the pitfalls...

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14 Nov 2013
in On Writing

Divas on Writing: Plot and Genre

Plot and Genre What’s the difference? A plot is a sequence of events that make up a story. It has a beginning, middle, and end. Sounds simple enough, right? Author E. M. Forester illustrated this with a simple comparison. Take a basic story, such as, “The king died and then the queen died.”  We don’t have much of a plot, certainly not one that would...

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11 Nov 2013
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