Author Archives: Shay Goodman



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Divas Rec: Become the Boss of Your Writing by Janine Savage

Divas Recommend: Become the Boss of Your Writing by Janine Savage I’m the boss; you’re the boss. In this culture it seems we are so concerned about who the boss is, from little kids playing king of the hill, to that new employee down at the local factory. But when it comes to your writing, who is the boss? You? Your editor? Your best friend’s...

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30 Dec 2014
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Divas Rec: Don’t Use Five-Dollar Words by Jen Matera

Divas Recommend: Don’t Use Five-Dollar Words by Jen Matera This year we decided to share our favorite articles by our fellow Divas. For me, I just love this humorous look at Don’t Use a Five-Dollar Words by Jen Matera. Serious, egad! The curse of the five-dollar words. You see them everywhere–articles on the Net, your favorite guilty pleasure read, roadside signs that leave you scratching...

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23 Dec 2014
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Commonly Confused: There, Their, and They’re

Commonly Confused: There, Their, and They’re   There are certain homophone errors that are quite common. The subject of today’s post is one of worst offenders. Issues with these three words are in virtually every manuscript I edit. So here’s a quick guide to help you keep them straight. The overview of antecedents is just a bonus. 🙂 So let’s get to it!   There...

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17 Dec 2014
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Divas Rec: Connect with Your Creative Writer by Tina Su

Divas Recommend: Connect with Your Creative Writer by Tina Su If you haven’t ever been to the Think Simple Now website, you are missing out. Great articles for personal growth and development. It is a self-described “personal development community,” and they are dedicated to helping others find enlightenment, fulfillment, and clarity in their lives. Founder Tina Su brings us a great article today about how...

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04 Dec 2014
in Articles, On Editing

Keep it Consistent: Final Thoughts

Keep it Consistent: Final Thoughts In this series on keeping things straight in the revision process, I’ve given a lot of focus to those things you should do before you ever put pen to paper, and they are an important part of the process. Yes, it’s a lot of upfront work, but it can save you countless hours in the end. That said, even the...

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24 Nov 2014
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Commonly Confused: Discreet versus Discrete

Commonly Confused: Discreet versus Discrete There are times when embarrassment is a good teacher and today’s commonly confused was the one that did me in. For years and years I thought it was spelled “discrete”. Maybe it is my preference for “ete” over “eet” or perhaps it was the connection with the spelling of the word “discretion”, who knows, but I got it all wrong,...

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19 Nov 2014
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Divas Rec: How to Participate in NaNoWriMo

Divas Recommend How to Participate in NaNoWriMo You’ve heard of NaNoWriMo, and it sounds really cool, but you have no idea where to begin. What’s it’s about, are the goals reasonable, is it fun? Well, WikiHow comes to the rescue with some great tips to get you started on your NaNoWriMo journey. So if you are just NaNo curious or you need an article to...

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06 Nov 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Are You Writing Body Part Smut?

Divas on Writing: Are You Writing Body Part Smut (instead of smokin’ hot sex scenes)?   In honor of Halloween, I thought I’d skip my post on the rigors of revision and write an article highlighting the most horrific, most terrifying plague to ever descend upon a poor unsuspecting writer’s scene. This is scary business, people. Trust me. Today I’m talking about the dreaded disembodied...

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27 Oct 2014
in Articles, Commonly Confused

Then versus Than

Commonly Confused: Then versus Than If you asked me what the most common issue I come across when editing, it is confusion between “then” and “than.” These are words that are spelled similarly, but they are used for vastly different functions. The primary difference between “then” and “than” is that “than” is a conjunction and “then” is more often than not an adverb. “Then” is...

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22 Oct 2014
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Subscriber Update

Howdy Write Divas Blog Subscribers! Because of continued glitchiness with our blog alerts, the Divas have decided to move our mailing and subscriber lists over to MailChimp. We are always striving to give our readers the best blog experience we can and we feel this is the right move at this time. So what does this mean for you? Well, you’ll receive a new style...

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14 Oct 2014
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