Author Archives: Jen Matera



Jen Matera

Guest Post: L.V. Lewis – Trust Your Instincts
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Guest Post: L.V. Lewis – Trust Your Instincts

Today at Write Divas, we’re excited to bring you a special guest post from Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever author L. V. Lewis as she talks about how to trust your instincts and listen to your gut when it comes to your story: Trust Your Instincts by L. V. Lewis When you’re a newbie at anything, being unsure of yourself sort of comes with the...

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24 Jul 2013
in Ask the Divas

Ask the Divas: Creative Dialogue Tags

This week, the question for Ask the Divas is What’s so bad about creative dialogue tags? To answer this question, we have to identify what a dialogue tag is and what purpose it serves. Then can we highlight creative dialogue tags and show why your efforts are better spent elsewhere. Dialogue tags are noun/verb pairings that attach to a line of dialogue—usually with a comma,...

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19 Jul 2013
in On Writing

Writing Pitfall #2: Prologues and Epilogues

Writing Pitfall #2: Prologues and Epilogues   Welcome to part two of our series on Writing Pitfalls for New Authors. This week the Divas tackle the issue of prologues and epilogues and talk about when they are appropriate to use and when they are not. So you want to write a prologue or epilogue. Yeah . . . no. Don’t. Okay, okay . . . that’s...

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08 Jul 2013
in Tips

Quick Tips: Letting MS Word Work for You

As editors, we see typos on a regular basis. Some misspellings and grammar gaffes are quite common—I misspell the words and and the as adn and teh constantly because I type very fast and lead with my left hand. Homophone confusion is one of the most prevalent grammar mistakes found when editing—there, their, and they’re is one we see often, as well as to, too, and two confusion. Contextual spelling errors are sometimes...

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07 Jul 2013
in Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Word

In honor of the Fourth of July, our first word prompt is Patriotic. Use your imagination—what does the word make you think, feel, hear, see? For me, the word evokes a childhood memory of a marching band playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” as the parade passed by along our small town’s main street. Feel free to leave your results in the comments below. Additional Writing...

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04 Jul 2013
in Writing Exercises

Writing Exercises: Inanimate Object

As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, imagine the scene: It’s a humid evening; the sun has finally set behind the hills beyond the lake, and the crowd of children and adults alike is pulsing with excitement. The anticipation has a life all its own—everyone is on edge, waiting. They are waiting for you. You are the star of tonight’s show, the reason...

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02 Jul 2013
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