Author Archives: Shay Goodman



Shay Goodman

in Articles, On Writing

Let’s Talk about Sex and Perspective

Let’s Talk about Sex and Perspective   There are manifold ways in which a sex scene can go wrong. Hello, disembodied motion, I’m looking at you! It can become unbalanced by focusing on one aspect too much. When readers and editors start complaining about robotic scenes this is the problem. It may be unrealistic (Welcome to the Virgin Extreme Sex Olympics!) or rushed (It’s over?...

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30 Mar 2015
in Articles, On Editing

Editor Speak 101: Tools of the Trade

Editor Speak 101 – The Tools of the Trade Imagine if you will that you hired someone to mow your lawn and they showed up with a pair of hedge clippers. You would immediately know that they are using the wrong tool because you know a lawn mower is required to trim grass properly. Now you may not know how to use a lawn mower...

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25 Mar 2015
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Divas Rec: Thickening the Plot by Vickie Hinze

Divas Recommend: Thickening the Plot by Vickie Hinze In this week’s recommendation we unravel the mysteries of constructing a concise, well-developed plot. Vickie Hinze takes plotting to the next level in her article “Thickening the Plot” over at the absolutely wonderful writer’s site, Absolute Write. So if you are having issues developing your plot or creating a plot that doesn’t de-evolve into the clichéd, this is the...

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12 Mar 2015
in Articles, On Writing

Third Person Narrative Perspectives

Divas on Writing: Third Person Narrative Perspectives Today we are going to discuss the differences between omniscient and limited third person narrative perspectives. I believe that every writer needs to have a good handle on narrative perspective before they put pen to paper. Not having such will lead to a narration that is all over the map. What you want is consistency in narrative tone...

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02 Mar 2015
in Articles, On Editing

Editor Speak 101: Types of Editors

Editor Speak 101 – Types of Editors During and even before an edit, you are going to hear a lot of terms, both technical and grammatical, that you may not have heard before. In this series, we are going to define these terms so you and your editor will have a common ground when speaking about your edit. First, before we get into the good...

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25 Feb 2015
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Divas Rec: Creating a Setting by Taylor Lindstrom

Diva Recommend Creating a Setting by Taylor Lindstrom I may not be a guy but I am a fan of the Men with Pens blog. And today’s rec is a great straightforward article about how to craft a story setting. It’s by the lone gal over at the unabashed good ol’ boy writing network. Are you struggling with using an existing city in your book or...

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12 Feb 2015
in Articles, On Editing

Steps to Revising Your Manuscript

Divas on Writing: Steps to Revising your Manuscript   So you have had your manuscript edited. What was returned to you looked like a mix between Greek and hieroglyphics. Where in the world do you begin? Do you just jump in? Do you handle the small stuff first? Do you clear the underbrush so you can see the big picture? Well, there are a lot...

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02 Feb 2015
in Articles, On Writing

Where the Error Is: Antecedents

Where the Error Is: Antecedents Antecedents. Yes, I just heard a collective head-scratching mutter of: ante-what?   an·te·ced·ent  noun ˌan-tə-ˈsē-dənt a substantive word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun, typically by a following pronoun1 Still confused? There’s no need to be. It’s fairly straightforward. But do know you will not be able to use “their” and various other pronouns properly without having an...

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28 Jan 2015
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Diva Rec: Do You Really Know Your Old School English

Diva Recommend: Do You Really Know Your Old School English? Today’s rec is something on the light side—a fun test of your knowledge of archaic English. Go ahead and try it, and see if you can beat me. (I came  in at 70%. Barely passing, but I’ll take it.) Guess I’m still not ready to write the great American Middle Ages men as knights novel....

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15 Jan 2015
in Articles, On Writing

Serve me up a Side of Description; Hold the Chunks

Give me a Side of Description; Hold the Chunks It’s tempting to over-describe, isn’t it? It’s a must to give your readers insight into your characters’ pasts and relationships with one another, the setting of your story, and to set up coming events. Isn’t it just easier to do it all in one big chunk? After all, that room your characters are standing in isn’t...

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05 Jan 2015
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