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Character Consistency How many times have you been reading something and out of nowhere there’s an odd change to a character that comes with no explanation? Nothing inconsequential, of course—something substantial, like eye color or body type or a huge personality change that goes unexplained? Are you the type of reader who would notice that sort of thing? As an editor, I have to be. During...

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Divas on Writing: Numbers in Writing How many of us think about numbers when we write a book? Not very many, I’d wager. But numbers do play a part in most books, whether it’s an address, street number, monetary terms, the time of day, etc. Numbers are a part of our lives, and so they are often a part of a novel. The rules for...

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What is the three-act structure? It comes from Aristotle and is the basic plot structure for Greek tragedies. The simplest definition is, it is a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. A large majority of the good stories out there have this same structure. Why? Because it works. We recognize it as good storytelling whether we are aware of it or not....

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Divas on Writing: Your Team There are plenty of places on the Internet to search for writing advice. I spoke about Pinterest in another article; it has many great pins that authors can use to help while they are actively researching or writing their books. But authors turn to other social mediums like Facebook and Twitter as well.  Recently, an author friend asked her friends...

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Revising Mundane Content We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Don’t lie. Even best-selling authors fall victim to mundane content. It sneaks into our writing disguised as description and detail we think will add to our story when, in fact, it bogs it down. “But my descriptions are necessary to make my scenes fuller,” you say. Not all description is necessary and...

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Divas on Writing: Storyboarding For the last couple of weeks, I have written about character, setting, and plot sheets. Today’s article isn’t so much a sheet but a close relative to it: a storyboard. Storyboarding your story can be done in a couple of different ways; it really depends on what you like. Storyboarding can help a writer who needs to better visualize the structure...

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Author Branding: How to Get Started  We’ve all heard the advice to create your brand as an author, but what exactly is author branding? Being an author is so much more than just the books your write. It’s about your image in the real world and online in the cyber world. The Internet has made it possible for people to connect with people around the...

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Plot Sheets To round out the sheets trilogy, as I like to call it, I’m going to talk about plot sheets. They work pretty much the same as the character and setting sheets. You can have as little or as many sheets as you need. Plot sheets are just a rough version of your outline.  The Plot Bunny Catchall Plot Sheet This type of plot...

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Divas on Writing Setting Sheets I talked about character sheets a while ago and had some really great responses to the article, so I thought I would write about setting sheets as well. Setting sheets work much the same as character sheets, but they storyboard the setting of the story instead of outlining characters. With character sheets, you’re likely to have multiple sheets based on...

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Let’s Talk about Sex and Perspective   There are manifold ways in which a sex scene can go wrong. Hello, disembodied motion, I’m looking at you! It can become unbalanced by focusing on one aspect too much. When readers and editors start complaining about robotic scenes this is the problem. It may be unrealistic (Welcome to the Virgin Extreme Sex Olympics!) or rushed (It’s over?...

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