Author Archives: Janine Savage



Janine Savage

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Divas Rec: Stupendous Supporting Characters by K.M. Weiland

Divas Recommend: “3 Ways to Write Stupendous Supporting Characters”  by K.M. Weiland   This past February my son participated in the musical production of Guys and Dolls at his junior high. (He was the best hot dog vendor I’d ever seen, in case you were wondering.) It was a wonderful play and at times, hard to believe that the actors were twelve to fifteen years old....

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08 May 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Become the Boss of Your Writing

Become the Boss of Your Writing   This article might sound like a pep talk, but to become the boss of your writing you might need some pep. And let’s get real here. For many authors, confidence in their writing is not always easy to come by. One bad review can topple your carefully constructed façade and verify your worst fears regardless of the number of...

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28 Apr 2014
in Interviews

Interview: Lauren Schmelz

Diva Interview: Write Divas, Lauren Schmelz   Since Write Divas started its blog, Lauren has been the lead interviewer. She keeps the rest of us young with her quirky sense of humor and ready laughter, not to mention that sultry voice. Now it’s her turn to sit on the other side and answer the questions, but since she can’t interview herself, I’m stepping in this...

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16 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Avoid The Rut of Thesis Statement Writing

Quick Tips: Avoid The Rut of Thesis Statement Writing   A few years ago I was helping out in one of the fourth grade classes at my local elementary school. The teacher instructed the students on how to write a paragraph. Part of my job was to help these students organize their ideas and correct their mistakes. A match made in heaven, right? The teacher...

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15 Apr 2014
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Divas Rec: Five Instances When You Need To Tell (and not show) by Amanda Patterson

Divas Recommend: Five Instances When You Need To Tell (and not show) by Amanda Patterson   I’m sure many authors have heard the phrase “show, don’t tell” over and over. I’ve been known to harp about this to the authors whose manuscripts I’ve edited. But is it always appropriate to show, not tell? I came across a wonderful article by Amanda Patterson, founder of Writers...

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10 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Book Summaries

Book Summaries   In basketball, one of the hardest shots to make is the dreaded free throw. I mean, look at it. It’s a straight shot, not too far, not too close, and no one is trying to block or knock the ball out of your hands. It’s an easy shot! And yet people struggle with it. Summary writing is a lot like that. It...

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31 Mar 2014
in Articles, Diva Chat

Diva Chat: Should We Ban Bossy?

Should We Ban Bossy?   Recently Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg did something that makes little sense to me. She called for a ban on the word bossy. She claims that this word is used to belittle girls and women; therefore, the offending word must be banned in the name of feminism. When I first heard about this, I was confused. What did the word bossy ever...

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26 Mar 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Real Character Flaws

Real Character Flaws We’ve all heard the old adage “no one’s perfect,” right? Let’s consider the flip side of this coin. What if everyone was perfect? Can you imagine it? A perfect world where everything goes your way and everyone is the absolute ideal? There are no struggles, nothing unexpected happens, and life is just perfect. Sounds great, right? Not really. There is a downside. Without struggles...

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18 Mar 2014
in Articles, On Dialogue

Accents and Dialects

Accents and Dialects   Who doesn’t love listening to an accent or an entertaining dialect, especially one delivered by a sexy model or actor? Accents and dialects make people more interesting, probably because the sound is interesting to listen to and offers a fresh perspective to the words being spoken. It also adds another layer to the character, makes them feel authentic, and gives clues...

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14 Mar 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: William Faulkner’s Banquet Speech

Divas Recommend: William Faulkner’s Banquet Speech   In a departure of our usual Divas Recommend, I decided to go with something a little more inspirational. Earlier in the week, my cousin sent me a link to William Faulkner’s banquet speech after receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature 1949. The speech is as relevant today as it was then and a reminder of why we write...

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13 Mar 2014
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