Author Archives: Janine Savage



Janine Savage

in Tips

Quick Tip: The Write Tools

The Right Write Tools …to get the job done! So you want to be a writer, or maybe you’ve already jumped onto the writing universe with both feet. Do you have the right tools? There are tons of books, pamphlets, white papers, blogs, and guides on how to be a better writer, how to write better characters, how to get an agent to notice your...

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05 Nov 2013
in Diva Chat

Diva Chat: NaNoWriMo

National Write a Novel Month (NaNoWriMo) is starting in a few days. Are you ready to take the challenge? A few years ago two of my friends made the commitment to NaNoWriMo, and they asked me to join them. My workload at the time was too heavy, and I had to decline, but I did support them. One friend successfully completed her novel and the...

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30 Oct 2013
in Articles, On Genre

Historical Fiction

I love historical fiction, whether it be a dramatization of real events, a what-if scenario, or a time travel. I have yet to find a well-written historical novel I didn’t liked. Now let me make myself clear. I like historical fiction. I’m not the scholarly type who dives into real history and vets out every minute detail of the era, unless I’m writing a novel....

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25 Oct 2013
in Tips

Quick Tip: Gender Biased Words

Gender Biased Words We live in a world where political correctness has become a bit of a nuisance. We don’t want to offend, and yet it seems as though there is always someone who will take offense at even the most innocent utterances or phrases when none was intended. The Chicago Manual of Style takes the stance of removing gender from writing whenever possible as...

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08 Oct 2013
in On Writing

Divas on Writing: Fictitious Phone Numbers

For a Good Time, Call and Other Uses of Fictitious Phone Numbers Most of us are familiar with the Tommy Tutone song “867-5309/Jenny.” Over thirty years later, that phone number is still ingrained in my memory. Why? Because it was set to a catchy tune and played at least every hour on the radio when I was a kid. What started as a cute gimmick...

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07 Oct 2013
in Diva Chat

Diva Chat: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This month’s topic will be the YA fantasy trilogy The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The first book in this series, The Hunger Games, was published in 2008 and was hugely popular in both the YA and the adult markets. Catching Fire and Mockingjay have seen similar success and have gone on to include a very successful movie franchise with the debut of The Hunger Games...

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02 Oct 2013
in On Writing

Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés

Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés It seems as though every writing website out there has something to say about stereotypes and clichés, but what’s the big deal? When stereotypes and clichés are used, authors simply have to define a character as a dumb jock or a nerdy bookworm, and they can get away without having to establish characterization because the stereotype has done all...

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16 Sep 2013
in Tips

Quick Tips: The Five Ws of Writing

The Five Ws of Writing   I’m sure many of you have already heard of the five Ws of writing (sometimes called the five Ws and one H): who, what, why, where, when, and how. These little words can be applied to a variety of tasks and professions from law enforcement to journalism. They come in quite handy in fiction writing as well. How many of...

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15 Sep 2013
in Writing Exercises

Writing Exercises: Villains

It’s always nice when the planets align and a big blog does an article on villains, 6 Ways to Write Better Bad Guys by Brian Klems, the exact same week I had planned a writing exercise centering on making your villain stronger. Villains have many names: adversary, antagonist, villain, bully, menace, evil genius, and so on. I enjoy books that have a character who plays the worthy adversary...

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12 Sep 2013
in Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Metaphors

Metaphors are useful tools in writing to creatively frame an idea. For instance, take the bull by the horns sounds much more exciting than face your problems head on. We would never take an actual bull by the horns, unless suicide is the goal or it is part of matador training, but this particular metaphor makes something mundane or daunting sound exciting or even a little noble. So, for...

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10 Sep 2013
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