Author Archives: Shay Goodman



Shay Goodman

in Tips

Quick Tip: Author, Know Thyself

Do you know what type of author you are? Are you an entertainer who has your hand on the pulse of the readers’ hearts and minds or are you the artist who pushes boundaries and challenges perceptions? Is the binding your stage? Is the typeset your muse? Do you come armed with a story readers will love or do you have a message that could...

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19 Nov 2013
in Articles

Featured Article: Participle Primer

Today the Divas discuss participial phrases, how they function, and how to fix them when something goes wrong. Participles are wonderful. In fact, many authors love them. But as with most things we love, excess can lead to problems. This is especially true with participial phrasing. All things considered, there is a lot of room to go wrong both technically and substantively when using participles,...

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13 Nov 2013
in On Genre

Special Feature on Genre: Chick Lit

Chick lit. The genre I never knew that I loved. Like romance, chick lit is a character driven genre. It’s all about the people and the journey. These are stories about women that we know—in fact women that we are or were. The women in these stories are familiar to us. They are our next door neighbors, our sisters-in-law, our bosses, or our best friends....

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08 Nov 2013
in On Writing

Divas on Writing: How to Show Instead of Tell

In today’s article we are going to discuss the how to tell a story without telling a story. I must admit that I tend to find the “show don’t tell” rule a bit ironic because all writing is telling. Yes, you read that right. It’s all telling. Telling narrative is obvious. With keen anticipation, Joan and Sally wait for their favorite actor to appear. The...

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28 Oct 2013
in Tips

Quick Tip: Properly Paragraphing Dialogue

For today’s Diva Tip, we are going to discuss the placement of creative narrative in relation to dialogue. When you replace dialogue tags with creative narrative, the narrative is used to indicate who is speaking. When such dialogue is improperly paragraphed, it can cause chaos. A common error is jumble up the dialogue, while depending on the dialogue tags to sort it all out. Wrong:...

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22 Oct 2013
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Are You Up for the Nanowrimo Challenge?

In today’s article we are gearing up for Nanowrimo! National Writing Month begins November 1st. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. Are you up for it? The Divas are here to help you with some tips to help you be a “winner” in this challenge. Like they say at Nanowrimo, “No plot, no problem!” The key to completing this...

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16 Oct 2013
in On Genre, Special

Special Feature on Genre: Comedy

A Protestant, two Catholics and a Mormon walk into a bar… Comedy. It’s that elusive and indefinable thing that makes us laugh. We cannot define it, but we know it when we see it (or read it). Senses of humor are as varied as our genetic codes. One man’s outrageously amusing is another’s disgusting tripe, and it takes a talented author indeed to conquer the...

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11 Oct 2013
in On Writing

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

Today, the Divas are going to delve into the murky waters of plagiarism, copyright infringement, and fair use. Please note that we are referencing US copyright law¹ in relation to authors who write fiction, which means for the purposes of this article we will not reference the ins and outs of copyright law concerning non-fiction, poetry, patents, visual arts, video, music, etc. In its simplest...

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30 Sep 2013
in Tips

Quick Tip: How to Get Feedback on Rejected Manuscripts

So, you’ve queried an agent or publisher with your manuscript and have been rejected. Unfortunately, they’ve provided little in the way of feedback about what you are doing wrong. What’s worse, the rejection came in the form of a canned letter. It can get a quite discouraging. After all, it’s not too much to ask for a reason for your rejection and little bit of...

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28 Sep 2013
in Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Negative Emotion

Earlier in the week we used the image below as a writing prompt; today we are going to use it as a part of our writing exercise. In today’s exercise, I would like you to explore the negative emotions that this picture inspires. Just as positive emotions provoke readers, so do negative emotions. Negative emotion can be a powerful tool a writer can use to...

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26 Sep 2013
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