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Divas Rec: How To Write Dynamic Dialogue by Shay Goodman

Divas Recommend: How To Write Dynamic Dialogue by Shay Goodman Diva Shay had some great articles this year. One of my favorites is How To Write Dynamic Dialogue. She lays out her writing advice very thoroughly, it’s easy to learn from her words of wisdom. Check out her article and lets us know how you incorporated her techniques in your writing.  

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24 Dec 2014
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Divas Rec: Write The Hard Stuff: Facial Expressions by Margie Lawson

Divas Recommend: Write The Hard Stuff: Facial Expressions by Margie Lawson   I couldn’t love this article more by Margie Lawson on the Writers In The Storm blog.  I’m like her and can’t stand clichés. But the problem with a lot of independent authors now is that clichés have become so commonplace, no one realizes they’re clichés anymore. It’s the dumbing down of writing, in my opinion. There are...

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11 Dec 2014
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Diva Lauren’s NaNoWriMo Wrap-up

Divas On Writing: Diva Lauren’s NaNoWriMo Wrap-up   So I’m going to be honest with you: I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. In fact my word count was around 30k. I worked really hard the first half of the month, and then those pesky authors I edit took up my remaining time in November. Didn’t they understand I was writing a book? I had a word count...

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01 Dec 2014
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Interview: Author Alexandra Richland

Diva Interview: Author Alexandra Richland I haven’t read many historical romances. That was until I read the first book by Alexandra Richland a few years ago. Starlight tells a story of a young woman making her way in old Hollywood in the early ’50s. The amount of knowledge, research, and understanding of the era truly impressed me as a reader. Richland really captured the essence...

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26 Nov 2014
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Divas Rec: Editing Pet Peeves by Laura Drake

Diva Recommend: Editing Pet Peeves by Laura Drake Nothing pleases me more than reading a book without many of my personal editing pet peeves. If anyone has read my reviews on my personal blog, The Flirty Reader, you would see in many of my reviews how I praise authors for mastering show vs. tell. This is my number one pet peeve when an author doesn’t understand how...

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13 Nov 2014
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NaNoWriMo and GO!

Divas on Writing: NaNoWriMo and GO! Last year was my first foray into NaNoWriMo. Needless to say, I didn’t win. In fact, I got busy with editing and couldn’t finish my story. I was a little let down with myself. I went in wanting to finish my novel and came out with only fifteen thousand words or so. Not the number I wished to have...

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03 Nov 2014
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Interview: Shay Savage

Diva Interview: Author Shay Savage If you’re reading this blog, you probably read a lot of books like me. I’ll be honest, most of the genres I gravitate toward incorporate some sort of romance or erotic themes. It could be suspense, mystery, thriller, western, what have you, as long as I get a good romance out of it, I’m good to go. I especially love...

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29 Oct 2014
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Divas Rec: Dialogue Tags by Sharla Rae

Divas Recommend: Dialogue Tags: How to Kill Off Some of the Little Buggers by Sharla Rae Sharla Rae’s article, “Dialogue Tags: How to Kill Off Some of the Little Buggers,” is a good source for authors struggling with overuse or creative use of dialogue tags.  The article voices a lot about show vs. tell when writing your tags. Not all tags have to be verbal. Many authors forget...

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17 Oct 2014
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Instant Gratification: What’s The Hurry?

Divas On Writing Instant Gratification: What’s the Hurry?   Instant gratification, oh what a lovely thing to have with just about anything. Am I right? Hawaii? Let’s go. A new car? Why not. The new issue of People magazine? Snatched that up. Instant gratification can happen with so many things.  For me, I would love to buy a new Coach purse NOW. But do I...

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06 Oct 2014
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Interview: Emme Burton

Diva Interview: Author Emme Burton   Writing a realistic romance can be a quandary for many writers. Oftentimes authors pacify their readers rather than writing a romance that they feel fits their characters. Note to readers: Not all romances are happily ever afters or wrapped up in a neat bow. There are love triangles, break-ups, miscommunications… So how do you, as an author, write a...

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01 Oct 2014
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