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Divas Rec: It Takes a Village to Publish a Book by Janine Savage

For the next two weeks, the Divas are going to break from our regularly scheduled programming by opening the vault of our past articles and recommending our favorite articles by the Divas. We hope you experience all the joys (and none of the annoys) of the holiday season and our favorite articles from Write Divas! Divas Recommend: It Takes a Village to Publish a Book...

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26 Dec 2014
Stop The Comparisons And Write
in Articles, On Writing

Stop The Comparisons And Write

Stop the comparisons, stop trying to be the next big thing, and just write your book. Every day—several times a day, in fact—I see “What to read after ____” or “If you liked ___, you’ll love__,” and I must admit, I just shake my head. I get it—everyone wants to promote their book, wants it to be the next big thing, but my knee-jerk reaction...

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15 Dec 2014
in Articles, Commonly Confused

Commonly Confused: Lie versus Lay

Commonly Confused: Lie versus Lay You know that one grammar mistake that will stop you in your tracks and send your hackles up, no matter what, no matter where, no matter how often you read it? Yeah. For me, that’s anytime I see a misuse of the commonly confused pair lie versus lay. Why are these two confused so often? I think it’s for two reasons, actually. But first,...

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10 Dec 2014
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Divas Rec: #Nanowrimo Conflict: The Fuel Of Your Story by Bob Mayer

Divas Recommend: #Nanowrimo Conflict: The Fuel Of Your Story By Bob Mayer   It’s November, and for many of us that means Nanowrimo. So what better to recommend to our readers than this article, #Nanowrimo Conflict: The Fuel Of Your Story, by Bob Mayer on his blog, Write on the River, to help authors understand and create believable conflict. In this article, Bob discusses the...

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27 Nov 2014
in Articles, On Editing

Five Reasons To Hire A Professional Proofreader

Five Reasons To Hire A Professional Proofreader Proofreading involves a lot more than some might think. Reading a manuscript and correcting typos and punctuation is part of the process, but it’s certainly not all of it. The biggest responsibility of the proofreader is the understanding that she is the last editor to touch the manuscript before the author signs off on the edits.  And that’s...

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17 Nov 2014
Guest Post: A Little Advice For Authors by Brenda Rothert
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Guest Post: A Little Advice For Authors by Brenda Rothert

I’m thrilled to welcome author Brenda Rothert  as today’s guest blogger. A Little Advice For Authors by Brenda Rothert Are you a Rules Girl? No, not those rules! I can’t offer you any help finding Mr. Right. But writing? I might have some insight for you there. Some authors will tell you there are rules you should follow when writing a book. And since I’m...

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12 Nov 2014
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Divas Rec: This Month, We Write IN HELL—To NaNo or Not to NaNo

Divas Recommend: This Month, We Write IN HELL—To NaNo or Not to NaNo  By Kristen Lamb   With National Novel Writing Month ready to begin in two days, I wondered how many authors I knew were accepting the challenge this year and how many were still sitting on the fence, uncertain of their ability to impose deadlines, much less meet them, and stick to the...

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30 Oct 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Is Your Story Bloated?

 Divas on Writing: Is Your Story Bloated? Raven’s iPhone rang, and she removed it from her pocket, swiped the screen from left to right, and glared at the unfamiliar number. Annoyed by the unidentified number, she tapped the green answer button to connect the call, put the phone to her ear, and prepared to give whoever it was a piece of her mind. One thing...

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20 Oct 2014
Guest Post: Grammar & Spelling by Z.B. Heller
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Guest Post: Grammar & Spelling by Z.B. Heller

  I’m so happy to share with our readers some witty words of wisdom from author Z.B. Heller. She’s one of our favorite people, and I’m thrilled she agreed to write this guest post for us.   Grammar & Spelling  By Z.B. Heller   Their was a farmer, who had a cow named bob. He was Black, and, White. Oh the pain! The horror! The grammatical...

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15 Oct 2014
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Divas Rec: Writing Secret: all you need is CURIOSITY and SURPRISE by Guy Bergstrom

Divas Recommend: Writing Secret: all you need is CURIOSITY and SURPRISE By Guy Bergstrom   I love when I come across a keeper phrase, and while looking for a writing article to recommend for the blog, I found this gem “Writing Secret: all you need is CURIOSITY and SURPRISE” by Guy Bergstrom at The Red Pen of Doom. While discussing what’s important in novel writing, Guy tells...

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