Author Archives: Shay Goodman



Shay Goodman

in Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Picture

In today’s writing prompt, the Divas have a stark picture that represents the changing of season and the passing of time. Let the picture speak to you and write from the emotion, whatever that emotion may be, that it inspires in you. If you are so inclined, please share your results below.  

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24 Sep 2013
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Featured Article: Containing Your Write Life

I recently came across an article on CNN about the phenomenon of extreme work culture, and it caught my interest because I’ve been there—worked to the bone, tired, sick, and apathetic. And while the article focused on traditional industry, I immediately realized that this was an issue for the self-employed, as well. They are perhaps the silent majority. When you work for yourself, there is...

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18 Sep 2013
in On Writing

Writing Pitfall #9: Overuse of Dialogue Tags

Writing Pitfall #9: Overuse of Dialogue Tags   In today’s article we are going to discuss our ninth writing pitfall for first time authors, the overuse of dialogue tags. But what’s the big deal? Well, the problem with unnecessary dialogue tags is they eat up your word count and provide very little in return. Not every piece of dialogue needs a tag. Overuse of tags...

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02 Sep 2013
in Tips

Quick Tip: 12 Ways to Americanize Your Dialogue

In today’s article, we’ve provided you with 12 tips to help Americanize your dialogue. Nothing creates a disharmonious chord in your book faster than characters who are purported to be from one place speaking and thinking as though they are from another. American characters who sound British or Australian stand out in a bad way. Use these tips to add authentic flavor to your characters....

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31 Aug 2013
in Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Dialogue Without Tags

In today’s writing exercise, we are going to practice using creative narrative to enhance dialogue. Earlier in the week we used lyrics from the song, “Forest” by Twenty One Pilots as our writing prompt, and we will use that same lyric as inspiration for our writing exercise “Does it bother anyone else that someone else has your name?” The Divas would like you to write...

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29 Aug 2013
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Writing Prompt: “Forest” by Twenty | One | Pilots

In today’s writing prompt, we’ll use song lyrics from the band Twenty One Pilots to provide the catalyst for a scene. Music is an inspirational force for writers on many levels, from the rhythm to lyrics to the persona of a member of the band. Sometimes a small phrase may catch your attention and be the spark for characterization, a personality quirk, or even an...

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27 Aug 2013
in Articles

Is a Lack of Professionalism Keeping You From Being Published?

In today’s featured article, Diva Shay is going to pull from her background as an acquisitions editor and delve into how a lack of professionalism can keep you from being published. Rejection letters. Strange how two innocuous words such as these can make one shake in their proverbial boots. More often than not, a rejection letter consists of little substance beyond the indication that the...

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21 Aug 2013
in On Writing

Writing Pitfall #5: Head Hopping

Writing Pitfall #5: Head Hopping   In today’s article, #5 in our series on writing pitfalls for new authors, we will deal with head hopping. Head hopping stems from a lack of understanding of third person perspectives. To properly understand head hopping, we must first review the different types of point of view (POV). Like the first person POV, third person limited is a close perspective that...

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05 Aug 2013
in Tips

Quick Tip: First Things First

Today’s quick tip is about the three things you should do to lay the foundation for your career as an author.  So you’ve decided to write a book. You’ve invested countless hours in developing your talent. But there is something you need to do before you publish or query or even begin to write. So, first things first… 1. Create your identity It is important...

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04 Aug 2013
in Tips

Quick Tip: How to Revise Mundane Content

How to Revise Mundane Content Today’s quick tip is a lesson in how to revise a scene that is overwhelmed with mundane content. Mundane content is a type of dull filler. It can be anything from boring scenes of everyday life to extraneous detail to humdrum descriptions. Mundane content acts a type camouflage, and it masks what’s really important in your book. It can hamper...

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27 Jul 2013
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