Author Archives: Shay Goodman



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Divas Rec: Stages of Revision by Natalie Whipple

Divas Recommend: Stages of Revision by Natalie Whipple   I’ve got revision on my mind this morning. Why? Because more often than not I have to give authors advice about where to start. When staring at a manuscript full of edits of all types and varieties, it’s no easy task to separate the forest for the trees. It’s easy to tell someone to revise their story,...

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10 Oct 2014
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Keep it Consistent – Settings

Keep it Consistent – Settings   Your setting encompasses the large and the small in your book. From the state that your story is set in to the town to the home in which most of the story happens. Because you are working with a visual element in a medium of the written word, it can be hard to keep the overall picture straight in...

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29 Sep 2014
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Redundant Perspectives

Featured Article: Redundant Perspectives   Redundancy can be a real killer in your story—and not in the good way. Whether it is stating the obvious, showing and then telling, defining character actions, or worst of the worst, replaying a scene from a different point of view. This type of redundancy can happen in story or in a second story that retells the events of the...

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24 Sep 2014
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Efficiency 101 – Recognizing Patterns in Your Life

Recognizing the Patterns in Your Life   Time. We all need more of it, don’t we? It’s like the old saying goes: There’s just not enough hours in the day. And while that is true, there is no need to just give up the fight to find a bit more time to write or revise or promote. I just think you have to be savvy...

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16 Sep 2014
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Divas Rec: How to Hire a Book Formatter by S.M. Boyce

Divas Recommend: How to Hire a Book Formatter by S.M. Boyce   What is a book formatter and do you need one? And what’s more, how do you find a good one? Well, here’s S.M. Boyce to the rescue in his article How to Hire a Book Formatter. This article is filled with great tips on how to find and hire a formatter for those...

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11 Sep 2014
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Keep it Consistent – Characters

Divas on Writing: Keep it Consistent – Characters   This week, I’m continuing my series on keeping things consistent during the editing process. As I stated earlier, it’s easy for things to get way out of order after a big edit. If you are following up a major edit with nothing more than a proofread, it is imperative that you know how to keep things...

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01 Sep 2014
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Balancing your Faith and your Muse

Balancing Your Faith and Your Muse   This article is personal. Very personal. I’m going to talk about faith, specifically Christianity. It may seem negative, but I don’t mean it to be. I love my faith, but I am not blind to the flaws—especially among those who profess it. I feel in a way the subject matter transcends faith. None of us live in a...

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27 Aug 2014
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Magically Moving Characters

Quick Tip: Magically Moving Characters   Have you ever noticed that sometimes characters just appear in scenes or move without action? Yeah? Me too. And it drives me crazy to be honest. Now you may wonder why that is a problem? Well, it’s because it disconnects the characters from the story. And it is in that moment that they become pawns instead of characters. Characters...

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19 Aug 2014
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Divas Rec: It’s Time for Experienced Writers to Stop Blogging by L.L. Barkat

Divas Recommend It’s Time for (Many) Experienced Writers to Stop Blogging by L.L. Barkat   Well now, I came across this article recently, It’s Time for (Many) Experienced Writers to Stop Blogging by L.L. Barkat, and it provoked me to thought. Yes, this is advice for 2013, but you may find it’s still relevant for 2014 and beyond. You hear it everywhere—you must have a blog....

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14 Aug 2014
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Keep it Consistent – Timelines

Divas on Writing: Keep it Consistent—Timelines   So you’ve been through developmental editing or a content editing. That involved a whole lot of rewriting, didn’t it? And though that’s good for your novel, it also can cause a whole host of problems—especially with consistency. There are several areas where continuity can be disrupted after a big edit. As this is a big topic, I am...

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04 Aug 2014
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