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Divas Rec: What Is an Analogy by Richard Nordquist

Divas Recommend: What Is an Analogy by Richard Nordquist   So you think you know what an analogy is, do you? Well, there’s more to the common everyday analogy than you might think. In today’s recommendation, Richard Nordquist helps you navigate the trick waters of analogy like pro. So check out his article “What Is an Analogy.”    

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22 May 2014
in Articles, On Writing

The Divas Favorite Books on Writing

Featured Article: The Divas’ Favorite Books on Writing   Today, I asked my sister-Divas to share with us their favorite books on writing. There are certain books on our shelves that collect dust and then there are those shining stars that we return to again and again. And we thought if they were helpful to us, maybe they would be helpful for you as well....

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07 May 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Elements of a Subplot

Divas on Writing: Elements of a Subplot   We have previously discussed the elements of plot, but I’m going to give you a quick refresher. There are five basic elements of plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Exposition is back story. Rising action is the action leading up to the climax. This is where the story builds. The climax of the story...

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05 May 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Hold That Breath!

Quick Tip: Hold that Breath!   He breathes. She is breathing. They take a deep breath. He exhales. She inhales. It sucks in a shuddering breath and lets it out through its nose. His breathing is loud. Her chest rose and fell silently… My quick tip would be to never use this type of phrasing in your story, ever, and to just trust me on...

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29 Apr 2014
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Divas Rec: Ten English Words And Phrases That Folks Use Incorrectly by Doug Eikermann

Divas Recommend: The English Words And Phrases That Folks Use Incorrectly, by Doug Eikerman Today, we have a double hitter. We Divas are recommending two articles by Doug Eikermann over at www.slingingthebull.com. Mr. Eikermann is a blogger and author of fiction and non-fiction. His website covers a variety of issues and we hope you’ll check it out. He has created two fine lists of commonly seen...

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24 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

What Jonathan Coulton Can Teach You about Writing Comedy

What Jonathan Coulton Can Teach You about Writing Comedy . Well, it’s one day before the big tax deadline, so I thought I would keep it light. Today I’m sharing with you five classic Jonathan Coulton songs and discussing what they can teach you about writing comedy. If you don’t know who Jonathan Coulton is, you’re really missing out. He’s an independent artist with a...

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14 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Creative Exhaustion

CREATIVE EXHAUSTION Last month, I wrote about overstaging. In it I covered the propensity for new authors to over direct their descriptions, settings, characters, and plots. This over directing can lead to a whole host of problems, which we will cover in part here. Overstaging is a progressive trap. It begins with an author who keeps an iron-clad grip on their novel, characters, and plot....

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09 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Simultaneous Action

Simultaneous Action   As you know from our articles on participial phrases, there are some structures that imply simultaneous action. But did you know there are other ways in which simultaneous action can go wrong? Generally, this involves adverbial clauses and phrases that begin with words such as: while, during, when, and as. It is necessary to make sure that the action happening in the...

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01 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Dialogue

Creative Narrative

So what is creative narrative, you ask? Well, it’s basically descriptive narrative that is used in conjunction with dialogue. It identifies who is speaking. Naturally, the next question is: why is creative narrative better than using a dialogue tag? After all, tossing in a dialogue tag is much easier. That answer is not so simple. The truth is it’s not always better to use creative...

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28 Mar 2014
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