Author Archives: Shay Goodman



Shay Goodman

in Articles, On Writing

Breaking Free From the Staging Trap

Breaking Free From the Staging Trap   Have you ever watched a couple of children play with Barbie Dolls? There’s quite an interesting and humorous thing that happens when the Barbies and Kens emerge. The children playing with them tend to narrate the motions, emotions, thoughts, discourse, and actions of their dolls—just like an author would with their characters. These children are so meticulous they...

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17 Mar 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Ten Things that Should Be in Your Writer’s Toolbox

Ten Things that Should Be in Your Writer’s Toolbox In today’s article I’m going to cover the specific books and programs you should have squirreled away in your writer’s toolbox. Of course there is MUCH more out there than what is listed here, but this is a list to get you moving in the right direction. Must-have Books –The Basics The Latest Version of The...

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12 Mar 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Be Cautious When Using a Thesaurus

A thesaurus. It is a wonderful tool but is easy to abuse. Commonly when editing, we see instances where an author has obviously used a thesaurus to replace a more common word with a less common word. More than anything, it is desirable to make your usage of a thesaurus as unintrusive as possible. The trick is to use it, but not use it in...

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04 Mar 2014
in Articles, On Dialogue

How to Write Dynamic Dialogue

Dynamic Dialogue   As I sat down to write this article, I found instead of coming up with an explanation of what dynamic dialogue was, I continually thought about what dynamic dialogue wasn’t. 🙂 So forgive me if I start this article a bit backward. So, what isn’t dynamic dialogue? boring mundane repetitive bland unvaried contrived interrogatory (not a Q&A session) over-the-top (especially when showing...

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28 Feb 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: 7 Craft Lessons Every Writer Must Learn by Michael Noll

In today’s Diva Rec, I’m pointing you toward a fabulous article on Huffington Post, “7 Craft Lessons Every Writer Must Learn” by Michael Noll. I’m tempted to rename this article: What You Must Learn Before You Even Think About Writing a Book. Yes, the lessons contained within the article are that important. So check it out and spend some time using the seven lessons as...

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27 Feb 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Conjunctions

Today, I wanted to discuss conjunctions—what they are and how to use them. Before I proceed, I’m going to do a quick lesson in the difference between a phrase and a clause and the difference between a dependent and an independent clause. You have to know what they are in order to properly understand the relationship between clauses and conjunctions. Phrase: A phrase is a...

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17 Feb 2014
in Articles

Divas Talk Romance Novels

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Divas are discussing the good and the bad about the bestselling genre in the world. Romance! It’s a genre that reviewers love to nitpick and readers are embarrassed to admit that they like, but even through all the hate, it’s a genre that endures. Today, we’ve brought the Divas together to answer a few questions and share their insights...

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12 Feb 2014
in Articles, On Writing

How to Spot Passive Voice

How to Spot Passive Voice Passive voice. Do you know what it is? Can you spot it in your writing? Passive voice is an indirect way of stating the result of an action upon your characters or the objects in your story. In general, it is best to state things directly using active voice, but there are exceptions to this rule. Please see Diva Jen’s...

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04 Feb 2014
in Articles, On Editing

Developmental Edit

Today, the Divas discuss developmental editing—what it is and what to expect if you hire an editor to develop your manuscript. Developmental editing is an intensive form of editing. It is target and tailored to the specific needs of your manuscript and abilities as an author. The editor, and sometimes editors, may act as teachers, ghostwriters, writing coaches, and creative consultants. You should ask your...

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31 Jan 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: Five Things to Stop Doing (if you really want to finish writing your novel)

Ah, procrastination, a writer’s best friend. If you are anything like me, you lie in bed at night and promise yourself that tomorrow you will finish that chapter. And when tomorrow comes you use every excuse you can dredge up to account for why you aren’t writing. Today, I’m recommending an article from the Writer’s Digest blog, to help us get the lead out and...

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30 Jan 2014
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