Author Archives: Jen Matera



Jen Matera

Editing Dialogue
in Articles, On Dialogue

Editing Dialogue

Recently I had a conversation with an author about the differences between editing dialogue and editing narrative. It occurred to me that this is something I do automatically, but I don’t really know if it’s a hard and fast rule or if editors follow their own rules. Maybe editors don’t make adjustments or aren’t consciously aware they make them. Perhaps I over think things. Anything’s...

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08 Feb 2016
Drawing An Emotional Reaction From Your Reader
in Articles, On Writing

Drawing An Emotional Reaction From Your Reader

Recently I read a sequel with a male lead whose inner struggles nearly cost him everything—his love, his job, his child—and I cried at no less than three points in the story. As he pulled himself back from the edge and turned his life around, I wondered what about this character and his story prompted such a visceral reaction from me. The easy answer is...

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18 Jan 2016
in Recs

Divas Rec: Top 5 Tips I Gave Out This Year

As 2015 comes to a close, I wanted to pull together some kind of Divas Rec that summarized my thoughts for the year. That proved to be more challenging than I’d thought until I came across Shannon A. Thompson’s article Top 5 Tips I Gave Out This Year as an Editor and Marketer on her blog.  Shannon’s top five pieces of advice combine editing and marketing tips...

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28 Dec 2015
in Special

Merry Christmas!

We would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Write Divas. May your stocking be full of bling, your holiday decorations the envy of all your neighbors, your tree surrounded by designer shoes and handbags to die for, and your dreams full of well-edited manuscripts and bestsellers! But seriously, we wish you and yours...

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25 Dec 2015
in Recs

Divas Rec: Creating Lean But Descriptive Prose

Recently I was attempting to explain to an author that not all editors actually want authors to remove every bit of descriptive narrative. Nope, some of us actually want authors to find that happy medium between bare bones and fluffy fluff. So color me ecstatic when I stumbled upon this wonderful article, “Creating Lean But Descriptive Prose,” by Connie J. Jasperson at Life in the...

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07 Dec 2015
in Special, Spotlights

Spotlight: Debra Anastasia’s Poughkeepsie Begins

On November 22, 2015, Poughkeepsie Begins, the final installment of the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series, will be released. I have been alternately anticipating and dreading this release, knowing that while I will surely love the book, I do not want this wild ride to end. I was fortunate enought to receive an advance review copy of the book and also to spend a few moments with Debra to ask her...

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16 Nov 2015
in Articles, On Editing

What Your Editor Expects From You

We often talk about what to expect from your editor during the editing process, but how many of us have thought about what the editor should be able to expect from the author at the same time? Sure, I know what some of you may be thinking. Authors pay editors to do the work, so why should they have any expectations at all? The words...

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05 Oct 2015
in Articles, On Writing

Start With A Bang! Opening Scenes and First Chapters

There! Got your attention, didn’t I? Now that I have it, let’s talk about opening scenes and first chapters. What makes an opening scene great? What is it about an exceptional first chapter that makes a reader want—or need—to continue on with the story? What should an author include or stay far, far away from in her opening scene to engage the reader and give...

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14 Sep 2015
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