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What Raiders of the Lost Ark Taught Me About Storytelling   Earlier today, Raiders of the Lost Ark was on television. This was one of my all-time favorite movies when I was a kid. I still remember riding in the car with my family as we drove the thirty miles to the closest theater in Jerome, Idaho to see this movie for the first time. I was twelve years...

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Divas On Writing: Why Can’t I Trust Spell Check? As an editor, I have open on my web browser Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, and the Urban Dictionary at all times while I work. I cross-check each site when I’m stumped on a word, the usage, or if it’s hyphenated. I really hate those hyphenated words.  Oftentimes, authors use the same steps I just listed above when writing....

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Today, I wanted to discuss conjunctions—what they are and how to use them. Before I proceed, I’m going to do a quick lesson in the difference between a phrase and a clause and the difference between a dependent and an independent clause. You have to know what they are in order to properly understand the relationship between clauses and conjunctions. Phrase: A phrase is a...

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The Benefits of a Style Sheet Some authors write according to an outline, and others have a less-organized series of events they want to describe. There are authors who write their scenes sequentially, no matter how great or small, and those who write major scenes first and minor scenes last. I’ve even known one writer who wrote all her sex scenes first—she said they were...

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How to Spot Passive Voice Passive voice. Do you know what it is? Can you spot it in your writing? Passive voice is an indirect way of stating the result of an action upon your characters or the objects in your story. In general, it is best to state things directly using active voice, but there are exceptions to this rule. Please see Diva Jen’s...

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Use the Five C’s of Copy Editing When Writing Articles / On Writing

The Five C’s of Copy Editing—clear, correct, concise, comprehensive, and consistent—is what most editors strive for when editing a manuscript. Authors rely on editors to look for these things and help them see where they can improve. So I asked myself: Why use the Five C’s of Copy Editing when writing? Because these are elements authors can use to improve. Clarity Clichéd, idiomatic, vague and poetic...

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What the hell is an appositive?  ~oOo~ We’ve all seen sentences like these: Mike and his wife, Jill, took the scenic route on their way to dinner. Harry and his friend Lou went out for drinks. Have you ever  wondered why the name Jill is separated by commas in the first sentence, but Lou isn’t? Grammatically speaking, the name Jill in the first sentence is a...

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Divas On Writing: But I Loooove Adverbs Every author has done it. It’s all right to come out and say it: I loooove adverbs. Heck, even as an editor I love them too. Adverbs are an easy way of explaining something without getting too wordy and usually it’s a quick fix to writing emotion in scenes. They make those pesky verbs look a little prettier....

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How to Find a Writing Critique Group Not sure where to start your search for a writing critique group? This can be a scary thing for a writer who’s just starting out. The good news is, there are writing critique groups out there if you know where to look and what kind of group you want to join. Decide if you want to join an...

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Today, we are going to talk about the evolving nature of the much beloved loathed character staple, the Mary Sue. So what is a Mary Sue exactly? There are several definitions of a Mary Sue and even several versions of a Mary Sue. She’s a character of many faces. A Mary Sue can be anything from an idealized and innocent yet sexy version a female (sometimes...

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