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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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Articles / On Writing

The five basic elements of plot are: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution These five elements are derived from Gustav Freytag’s pyramid-like analysis of dramatic structure, which consists of an exposition or beginning, a rising action, a climax or turning point, a falling action, and a resolution. Freytag, a nineteenth-century German playwright and novelist, developed this analysis to study the ancient Greek and Shakespearean dramas, but much...

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Articles / On Genre

I love historical fiction, whether it be a dramatization of real events, a what-if scenario, or a time travel. I have yet to find a well-written historical novel I didn’t liked. Now let me make myself clear. I like historical fiction. I’m not the scholarly type who dives into real history and vets out every minute detail of the era, unless I’m writing a novel....

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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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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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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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No awards for self-published authors… Friday I read an interesting article on Books Blog, a page on the The Guardian website, about the deliberate snubbing of self-published authors by the literary awards community. It seems that in order for self-published authors to receive an award for their work, they must first sign with a “proper publisher” so their book is no longer considered self-published. And yet, many...

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This weekend, Diva Lauren and I had the pleasure of attending the Stamford Author Event—”a gathering of thirty-plus authors and bloggers for an afternoon of books, swag, and the chance to get the latest releases from favorite authors while discovering new voices.” We weren’t sure what to expect, but what we got was a room packed with the friendliest women—and men, too—all excited to talk...

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The Bad Review—Rising Above It It’s going to happen; someone will leave an unfavorable review. It could be a simple matter of differing tastes or something more elaborate—like cyber-bullying—but sooner or later, there’s bound to be a doozy with your name written all over it. And regardless of whether the review is deserved or not, your reaction speaks volumes  to your readers. Does that mean...

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One of the things that makes blogging so successful, not to mention fun, is the meaningful blog connections we make along the way—whether it be with someone who shares your love for kitten figurines or enjoys swapping opinions on movies or child-rearing. But blogging goes beyond a simple social connection. It’s about helping and sharing. The number of readers and fans available for blogs and...

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