Author Archives: Janine Savage



Janine Savage

in Ask the Divas

Ask the Divas: Blond or Blonde

Is it blond or blonde? This particular conundrum has been responsible for more than its fair share of grief with editing and writing. I will attempt to explain this as simply as possible. There are several schools of thought here. The traditional form would be to apply the words based on gender, blonde for women and blond for men. However, this is no longer politically correct and is...

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06 Sep 2013
in Diva Chat

Diva Chat: What I Learned in School About Writing

As I corrected fourth grade spelling tests a few years ago at the local elementary school, I was struck by the teacher’s lesson on English. The lesson for the day was about adverbs, and while it was more about the purpose and correct usage of adverbs, it still hit a chord with me. The teacher went on to guide her students through some of the...

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05 Sep 2013
in On Writing

Writing Pitfall #7: Over Description

Writing Pitfall #7: Over Description   One of the many pitfalls of writing is over description. We’ve heard the writing advice “describe what your see” or “paint the scene with words.” But sometimes too much is just… too much. The one thing over description does really well is slow a story down. But over description can do more than simply slow a story. Many times...

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19 Aug 2013
in Articles, Special

No Awards for Self-Published Authors

No awards for self-published authors… Friday I read an interesting article on Books Blog, a page on the The Guardian website, about the deliberate snubbing of self-published authors by the literary awards community. It seems that in order for self-published authors to receive an award for their work, they must first sign with a “proper publisher” so their book is no longer considered self-published. And yet, many...

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18 Aug 2013
in Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Death

It’s your big chance. The one  you’ve been waiting for. She’s always been a little too pretty, he’s knows a little too much, or they’re just a little too perfect. So let loose with this writing exercise and kill them. You heard me. Become the grim reaper and cause the death of a main character… take that character away to their final judgment. Since it’s just...

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15 Aug 2013
in Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Picture – Death

For the writing prompt this week the subject is death. This subject can take on many meanings and emotions. Death can represent a crippling loss, a necessary change, or a new beginning. It can be accidental, caused by disease or natural causes, or something that was very deliberate. It can be something from the past, in the background, or up close and personal. And no...

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13 Aug 2013
in Diva Chat

Diva Chat: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

For the August Diva Chat, Write Divas is discussing the popular young adult fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, in anticipation of the movie release later this month. Clare published City of Bones, the first book in this series, in 2007. Since then, the series has grown to include five books with a sixth planned for 2014. The series has inspired The Bane...

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07 Aug 2013
in Articles

Featured Articles: Making Blog Connections

One of the things that makes blogging so successful, not to mention fun, is the meaningful blog connections we make along the way—whether it be with someone who shares your love for kitten figurines or enjoys swapping opinions on movies or child-rearing. But blogging goes beyond a simple social connection. It’s about helping and sharing. The number of readers and fans available for blogs and...

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31 Jul 2013
in Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Word Phrase

The writing prompt for this week is a phrase to help authors work a little humor into their repertoire. Humor tends to be one of those areas in writing that authors either excel or struggle with. There’s not a lot of middle ground here. Mostly because comedy is bound to the sense of humor of the individual reader. When a writer possesses a talent for...

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30 Jul 2013
in Ask the Divas

Ask the Divas: Should I Research When Writing a Novel?

Should I research when writing a novel? Writers have an unspoken agreement with readers to suspend disbelief when they begin a story. Readers willingly do this because they’re in it for the enjoyment of getting lost in a good book. But as a general rule, people will suspend disbelief only so far. Push the envelope too much and you’ll end up with reviews about your...

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26 Jul 2013
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