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Commonly Confused: Then versus Than If you asked me what the most common issue I come across when editing, it is confusion between “then” and “than.” These are words that are spelled similarly, but they are used for vastly different functions. The primary difference between “then” and “than” is that “than” is a conjunction and “then” is more often than not an adverb. “Then” is...

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Articles / On Writing

 Divas on Writing: Is Your Story Bloated? Raven’s iPhone rang, and she removed it from her pocket, swiped the screen from left to right, and glared at the unfamiliar number. Annoyed by the unidentified number, she tapped the green answer button to connect the call, put the phone to her ear, and prepared to give whoever it was a piece of her mind. One thing...

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Articles / On Writing

Track Changes – The Basics   A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I discovered track changes in Microsoft Word. What a wonderful feature! It allows collaborators to make changes to a document while preserving the original until a change is made permanent. The best part is that each collaborator’s revisions and comments are tracked separately and appear in a different color....

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Articles / On Writing

Divas On Writing Instant Gratification: What’s the Hurry?   Instant gratification, oh what a lovely thing to have with just about anything. Am I right? Hawaii? Let’s go. A new car? Why not. The new issue of People magazine? Snatched that up. Instant gratification can happen with so many things.  For me, I would love to buy a new Coach purse NOW. But do I...

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Articles / On Writing

Keep it Consistent – Settings   Your setting encompasses the large and the small in your book. From the state that your story is set in to the town to the home in which most of the story happens. Because you are working with a visual element in a medium of the written word, it can be hard to keep the overall picture straight in...

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Articles / On Writing

Featured Article: Redundant Perspectives   Redundancy can be a real killer in your story—and not in the good way. Whether it is stating the obvious, showing and then telling, defining character actions, or worst of the worst, replaying a scene from a different point of view. This type of redundancy can happen in story or in a second story that retells the events of the...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Ignore The Haters   I have seen and heard it time and time again: Authors fretting over one bad review. As an editor, seeing one of my authors pull their hair out because of one negative review or comment makes me want to pull my hair out along with them. It’s tough, the world of writing and publishing. An author’s work is out...

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Articles / On Writing

Your Editor, Your Friend   This article has been mulling around in my head for a while now, and it wasn’t until today that I finally pulled together what my point actually was. I spent last weekend in St. Louis with the other divas at Penned Con 2014, and we had a fantastic time meeting a ton of writers and hanging out with some authors...

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Recognizing the Patterns in Your Life   Time. We all need more of it, don’t we? It’s like the old saying goes: There’s just not enough hours in the day. And while that is true, there is no need to just give up the fight to find a bit more time to write or revise or promote. I just think you have to be savvy...

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Articles / Diva Chat

Being editors, the Divas notice writing tropes, whether it’s in the manuscripts we edit or the books we read. I asked each of the Divas to write a bit about their least favorite writing tropes and why they don’t like them. Please keep in mind that these are the personal preferences of the Divas. There will be just as many readers, authors, and editors out...

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