Author Archives: Janine Savage



Janine Savage

in Articles, Diva Chat

Diva Chat: Advice for First-Time Writers

Diva Chat: Advice for First Time Writers   You know what they say about unsolicited advice… Well, actually I can’t remember, so this month I asked the Divas one question: If you could give first time writers one piece of advice about writing or publishing, what would it be?​ We hope you enjoy our thoughts and can apply these gems to help you along in...

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16 Jul 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Scene Breaks

Quick Tips: Scene Breaks   Ah… the mystery of scene breaks and what to do with them. It’s such a little thing, and yet its impact on the flow and pace of a story is important.  Scene breaks are a lot like commas: everyone needs them but the rules of use can be vague. So what’s a writer to do? Glad you asked. First let’s...

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07 Jul 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: Writing the Antihero by Cate Baum

Divas Recommend: Writing The Antihero (And Why So Many Authors Get It Wrong) by Cate Baum   By now you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing for the well-written antihero (aka villain, antagonist, bad guy/girl, etc.). I promise it’s not a manifestation of my secret darker side. It’s no secret that I have a darker side. 😉 I’d never paid much attention to villains...

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03 Jul 2014
in Articles, On Writing

The Importance of Reading

Divas on Writing: The Importance of Reading   In the June edition of one of my favorite magazines, Real Simple, there was a great article, “Remember Reading?” written by Sarah J. Robbins. In this article, Robbins discusses the importance of reading and outlines the numerous benefits such as a reduction in stress, an increase in empathy for others and a better academic performance for children....

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23 Jun 2014
in Special

Diva Chat: 2014 Writing Conferences – Part 2

2014 Writing Conferences – Part 2 (Short List)   As promised, I’ve asked the Divas to recommend writing conferences in their area for the second half of 2014. This article lists U. S. conventions; however, if you want to recommend a conference outside the U. S., please add those recommendations to the comments below to share with others. We welcome all recommendations from across the...

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18 Jun 2014
Adverbial Dialogue Tags
in Articles, On Dialogue

Adverbial Dialogue Tags

We’ve all see it and a good number of us are guilty of it. That’s right. I’m talking about adverbial dialogue tags. I know some of you are thinking this is another article about creative dialogue tags. Well, it’s not. This quick tip is about using adverbs to describe how dialogue is said. Aside from the obvious advice to minimize your use of adverbs by...

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10 Jun 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: A Killer Opening Line for Your Novel by Brian Klems

7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line for Your Novel by Jacob M. Appel & Brian Klems   A killer opening line is perhaps one of the hardest things to come up with. You want something that will grab your reader’s attention right from the beginning and hold it there until they can’t put  your book down. That’s a lot to expect from one little...

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05 Jun 2014
in Articles, On Editing

How to Revise a Manuscript

How to Revise a Manuscript   Congratulations! You’ve completed your novel. All the words are out of your head and typed up neatly in your word processing program. So by show of hands, how many of you then send it to the proofreader, editor, or bestie who reads all your stuff and then publish it? Don’t be shy. I want to see those hands. No,...

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26 May 2014
in Articles, Diva Chat

Diva Chat: Authors and Bad Reviews

Diva Chat: Authors and Bad Reviews What happens when authors and reviewers mud sling.   In light of the rising backlash against negative reviews, I asked my fellow Divas to answer a few questions. What are the unwritten rules of engagement between authors and reviewers? Is it okay for authors to go on the offensive and attack those reviewers who provide a negative review (regardless...

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21 May 2014
in Articles, On Editing

When to Hire an Editor

When to Hire an Editor Now that you have your manuscript written, you’ve revised it and handed it out to people who gave you their honest opinion, and then revised and polished it some more… it’s time for the final stages so you can publish your creation for everyone to read. You can see the end in sight, the light at the end of the...

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13 May 2014
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