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Divas Rec: 4 Great Reasons Why Your Hero Needs A Special Skill or Talent by Angela Ackerman

Divas Recommend: 4 Great Reasons Why Your Hero Needs A Special Skill or Talent by Angela Ackerman   Is your hero unique? Does he have the character traits that make your readers want to cheer him on? Is he someone your readers will fall in love with? For today’s Divas Recommend, Diva Jen chose this fabulous article by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers called...

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15 May 2014
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Indirect and Direct Action

Indirect and Direct Action in Your Writing   Something I’ve noticed more and more as I read—and edit—is the use of what I’ll call indirect action, for lack of a formal title. What I mean is the kind of writing where the sentence is formatted so that the action lies at the feet of the observer instead of the actor. A few examples of what...

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12 May 2014
Guest Post: Designing Your Book Cover by Jada D’Lee
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Guest Post: Designing Your Book Cover by Jada D’Lee

Today we have a special treat for our readers. Cover designer, trailer creator, animator, and all-around cool chick Jada D’Lee has stopped by for a visit and to bestow a little wisdom about designing your book cover. Designing Your Book Cover by Jada D’Lee Ever wonder what goes into designing a cover for a book? I’m guessing you probably haven’t. When you see a cover, you’re...

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30 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Treating Your Writing Like A Full-Time Job

Treating Your Writing Like A Full-Time Job   Recently, I edited a book where one of the main characters, a musician, spent several months treating his songwriting as a full-time job. He would get up, spend eight hours a day writing songs—some better than others, obviously—and then he’d call it a day, have dinner, and start again the next day. It forced the artist to...

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22 Apr 2014
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Divas Rec: Twelve Things About Writers by Tammara Webber

Divas Recommend: Twelve Things About Writers by Tammara Webber ~oOo~ Sometimes blog posts make me giggle insanely, especially when they point out all the things writers and editors have in common! For today’s Divas Recommend, author Tammara Webber shares a few things about writers. Check it out – Twelve Things About Writers.  

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17 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone   In writing, like in any other part of our lives, we can find ourselves doing the same thing, the same way, over and over. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing; there are many processes in day-to-day life that are much better if done systematically—socks before shoes and brushing after meals, you know what I mean. But there...

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07 Apr 2014
Guest Post: Parenthood by M.C. Cerny
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Guest Post: Parenthood by M.C. Cerny

Today’s guest blogger is author M.C. Cerny, who talks about explaining her book to her smallest fan. Parenthood by M.C. Cerny So have you told your kids you write trashy romance novels yet? My journey as an author is still in its infancy but I am often asked about my writing and what I tell my family. I had enough trouble explaining to my partner...

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02 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing, Tips

Common Comma Errors

Quick Tips: Common Comma Errors  ~oOo~ Commas are the bane of a copy editor’s existence. The rules of proper comma usage are vast and nearly impossible to list in something titled a Quick Tip. However, for today’s quick tip, here are some of the common comma errors we see on a regular basis: A misplaced comma before a conjunction and a dependent clause: Tom made his bed,...

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25 Mar 2014
Guest Post: Finding Your Voice by N. Isabelle Blanco
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Guest Post: Finding Your Voice by N. Isabelle Blanco

Today’s guest blogger is author and businesswoman N. Isabelle Blanco, whom I had the absolute pleasure of meeting this past weekend at the Authors in the City event in NYC. Finding Your Voice: Writing in First Person (or Third) by N. Isabelle Blanco No, no, no, and no. LOL, okay, I agree, some authors are a “one-voice” type of writer and should stick to one...

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19 Mar 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Pros and Cons of Writing a Series

Divas on Writing: Pros and Cons of Writing a Series ~oOo~ I read a lot. Mostly romance, like I’ve probably mentioned a million times before, but I’ve been known to stray to young adult and mysteries, too. I’ve found recently that I read a lot of series, and I wondered what was it about the series that draws me in? Some things that crossed my...

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10 Mar 2014
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