Author Archives: Janine Savage



Janine Savage

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Are Your Characters Mind Readers?

Do you have a gifted character that knows what everyone around her thinks or feels? Is she making the other characters in your book uncomfortable with her uncanny insights? If so, you just might have a mind reader on your hands, and I’m not talking about the sparkly vampire variety, either. I mean, think about it… How creepy would it be to be around a...

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22 Jul 2015
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Divas Rec: Stir Reader Curiosity by Beth Hill

Divas Recommend: Stir Reader Curiosity by Beth Hill Keeping your reader interested from the first page to the last can be a difficult task writers of fiction need to master. Not only do you have to make your story interesting enough so a reader wants to continue, but you have the learn how to keep your reader’s curiosity engaged so they can’t put your book down....

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16 Jul 2015
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How to Use Subplots

I’ve written about the three-act structure  in novels and how it relates to plot. In this article, I want to take a look at subplots and how to use them in fiction. Subplots are secondary or side stories to the main plot of the story. By nature, they have less action, focus, and events that unfold than the main plot. In addition, subplots have a...

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06 Jul 2015
Working From Home: Mistakes People Make and How to Avoid Them
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Working From Home: Mistakes People Make and How to Avoid Them

I love working from home. For most of us, this sentence brings up an image of someone dressed in their pj’s, sitting in front of a computer, and has the time to spend with family. Sounds nice, right? After working from for home seven years, I’ve come to realize that I’m just as big of a workaholic at home as I ever was at the office....

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01 Jul 2015
Amazon to pay Kindle authors only for pages read – Telegraph
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Amazon to pay Kindle authors only for pages read – Telegraph

It looks like Amazon is at it again. With a tag line of Books people want to read, what do you think of Amazon’s new plan to pay self-published Kindle authors (those who use their KDP program) only for the pages their readers actually read? What’s even scarier? What else is Amazon tracking and how deep does it go when they know how much of the book a...

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29 Jun 2015
Divas Rec: How to Double Your Story’s Conflict in Seconds
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Divas Rec: How to Double Your Story’s Conflict in Seconds

How to Double Your Story’s Conflict in Seconds by K.M. Weiland This is not the first time I’ve recommended an article by K.M. Weiland, and it probably won’t be the last. She has some great articles. Conflict is one of those areas that I’ve noticed (myself included) that authors struggle with. How much is too much? What if my readers get mad at me because...

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25 Jun 2015
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Numbers in Writing

Divas on Writing: Numbers in Writing How many of us think about numbers when we write a book? Not very many, I’d wager. But numbers do play a part in most books, whether it’s an address, street number, monetary terms, the time of day, etc. Numbers are a part of our lives, and so they are often a part of a novel. The rules for...

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15 Jun 2015
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The Three-Act Structure in Novels

What is the three-act structure? It comes from Aristotle and is the basic plot structure for Greek tragedies. The simplest definition is, it is a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. A large majority of the good stories out there have this same structure. Why? Because it works. We recognize it as good storytelling whether we are aware of it or not....

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10 Jun 2015
Animated Interview with Ray Bradbury
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Animated Interview with Ray Bradbury

Animated Interview with Ray Bradbury A few weeks ago, I clicked on a link in a tweet from @Girl_Who_Reads to a 1972 recorded interview with Ray Bradbury that the creative folks from Blank on Blank animated. Lisa Potts and Chadd Coates interview Bradbury as he talks about being a dedicated madman, his romance with the planet Mars, his fear of driving, and being a writer....

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05 Jun 2015
Divas Rec: How Lucid Dreaming Can Improve Your Creativity
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Divas Rec: How Lucid Dreaming Can Improve Your Creativity

Divas Recommend: How Lucid Dreaming Can Improve Your Creativity While You Sleep by Rosanna Casper by Rosanna Casper The Divas Recommend this week takes a slight detour from the normal articles about writing and authoring and improving our craft and dives headlong into the pool of lucid dreaming to improve our creativity. I will admit, I am usually the first one to brush aside anything New...

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04 Jun 2015
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