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Simultaneous Action   As you know from our articles on participial phrases, there are some structures that imply simultaneous action. But did you know there are other ways in which simultaneous action can go wrong? Generally, this involves adverbial clauses and phrases that begin with words such as: while, during, when, and as. It is necessary to make sure that the action happening in the...

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Book Summaries   In basketball, one of the hardest shots to make is the dreaded free throw. I mean, look at it. It’s a straight shot, not too far, not too close, and no one is trying to block or knock the ball out of your hands. It’s an easy shot! And yet people struggle with it. Summary writing is a lot like that. It...

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Quick Tips: Common Comma Errors  ~oOo~ Commas are the bane of a copy editor’s existence. The rules of proper comma usage are vast and nearly impossible to list in something titled a Quick Tip. However, for today’s quick tip, here are some of the common comma errors we see on a regular basis: A misplaced comma before a conjunction and a dependent clause: Tom made his bed,...

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Divas on Writing: How to Spot Your Tic We all have them, those nasty buggers that can suck the lifeblood out of your manuscript. The writer’s tic. Most times you don’t even see the tic until someone points it out, most likely your editor or pre-reader. You feel embarrassed, stupid, and scolded like a naughty child after your manuscript is ripped to bits because of...

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Real Character Flaws We’ve all heard the old adage “no one’s perfect,” right? Let’s consider the flip side of this coin. What if everyone was perfect? Can you imagine it? A perfect world where everything goes your way and everyone is the absolute ideal? There are no struggles, nothing unexpected happens, and life is just perfect. Sounds great, right? Not really. There is a downside. Without struggles...

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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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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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Quick Tips: Book Inspiration Many authors have been through it: missing their inspiration. Or more accurately, losing their inspirations. Getting the plot bunny, the excitement of starting a new story, and creating fresh characters are all great things when you first start your book, but when it comes to writing the actual words, something doesn’t always pan out. Is it your muse that simply isn’t...

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Divas on Writing: Pros and Cons of Writing a Series ~oOo~ I read a lot. Mostly romance, like I’ve probably mentioned a million times before, but I’ve been known to stray to young adult and mysteries, too. I’ve found recently that I read a lot of series, and I wondered what was it about the series that draws me in? Some things that crossed my...

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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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