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Janine Savage

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Divas Rec: 13.5 Things That Will Change Your Writing

Divas Recommend: 13.5 Things That Will Change Your Writing by Kami Garcia I love it when I rediscover great articles in my bookmarks folder. “13.5 Things That will Change Your Writing” by Kami Garcia, author of the best-selling Beautiful Creatures series, is one such rediscovered bookmark. Garcia offers great advice for authors about the realities of being a writer, from “Writing is not a gift...

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26 Mar 2015
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Redundancy

Redundancy Redundancy invades our writing like a weed, sending runners underground to choke and bog down our stories. Many of us don’t realize we are adding redundant or unnecessary words to our writing. I’d like to discuss some of the redundancies I see most often and ways to streamline your writing and eliminate the redundancy. Body Movement Redundancy More often than not I hear and...

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16 Mar 2015
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Commonly Confused: Bare versus Bear

Commonly Confused: Bare versus Bear By a show of hands, how many still flub up using bare and bear from time to time? I’m relying on your complete honesty here. I promise I won’t call you out on it unless I’m editing your manuscript. 🙂 Why do we mix up bare and bear? It should be straightforward. To paraphrase Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary… BEAR Bear is straightforward...

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11 Mar 2015
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Divas Rec: Do What Tolkien Did by Tineke Bryson

Divas Recommend: Do What Tolkien Did (But Not What You Think He Did) by Tineke Bryson Have you ever wanted to create maps for your setting, whether it be the layout of a cabin, remote island, or something off-world? If you’re a fantasy author, you probably already worship Tolkien and his map making genius. But what can we learn from Tolkien, and how can we...

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26 Feb 2015
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Top 10 Grammar Pet Peeves

Top 10 Grammar Pet Peeves   As an editor, I find that most people feel compelled to apologize to me when they have typos in their messages or use incorrect grammar around me. I usually try to reassure people that I’m not secretly editing them… mostly. I admit there are a few grammar goofs that will always catch my attention. These are the ones I have a...

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16 Feb 2015
Bad Writing Advice
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Bad Writing Advice

At the end of January, I had the opportunity to attend the Salt Lake Comic Con FanX event and attend several wonderful author panels about various writing topics. One of those panels tackled the topic of “Bad Writing Advice” with authors Dan Wells, Natalie Whipple, Nathan Shumate, Dan Willis, Johnny Worthen, Jared Quan, and Larry Correia. The authors on the panel were wonderfully entertaining, but...

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11 Feb 2015
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Divas Rec: 80 + Barriers to Love by Colleen Houck

Divas Recommend: 80 + Barriers to Love: A List of Ideas to Keep Romantic Tension High by Colleen Houck If you’re like me, you’ve struggled with ways to keep your romantic couple apart and increasing the romantic tension alive in your stories. I also face this when editing for authors. Why is romantic tension so important? It’s those barriers to love that keep the two...

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29 Jan 2015
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Handy Tricks for Using Word for Authors

Handy Tricks for Using Word for Authors How many times have you, as authors, heard that you should know the tools of your trade? More than a few times, I’d wager. Well, this article is here to help authors learn some of the basics to using Microsoft Word in relation to writing, editing, and standard manuscript format. First things first. What is standard manuscript format?...

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19 Jan 2015
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Commonly Confused: Comparatives and Superlatives

Commonly Confused: Comparatives and Superlatives If you’ve ever been tripped up by when to add –er or –est to a word, can’t remember which one of those pesky irregular adverbs or adjectives is correct or if you should use more or most, have I got the article for you. It seems as though there’s been an increase is this particular arena in advertising, not to mention...

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14 Jan 2015
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Divas Rec: Issues with the First Person Perspective

Divas Recommend: Issues with the First Person Perspective by Shay Goodman I have a love-hate relationship with first person perspective, partly because of the issues I see when editing and partly because I find it too restrictive. Granted second person, third person, alternating, and omniscient perspectives have their fair share of writing issues too. So what’s an author to do if they love first person...

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29 Dec 2014
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