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That Book Won’t Write Itself, You Know Okay, I’ll admit, this article should be titled “That Article Won’t Write Itself, You Know,” as I sit at my computer and stare at a blank screen, three hundred other things distracting me from actually writing anything at all. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, pictures from the weekend—they all tease me with their instant entertainment, but none of them are...

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Redundancy Redundancy invades our writing like a weed, sending runners underground to choke and bog down our stories. Many of us don’t realize we are adding redundant or unnecessary words to our writing. I’d like to discuss some of the redundancies I see most often and ways to streamline your writing and eliminate the redundancy. Body Movement Redundancy More often than not I hear and...

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Writing A Book According To Pinterest How many of you know that you can use Pinterest as a writing or editing resource tool? Before Write Divas starting pinning, I had no clue that anyone would find useful pins for writing. Hey, Pinterest is all about DIY things and recipes, right? Wrong. There is a ton of great articles, lists, diagrams, pictures, prompts, and writing exercises writers can...

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Divas on Writing: Third Person Narrative Perspectives Today we are going to discuss the differences between omniscient and limited third person narrative perspectives. I believe that every writer needs to have a good handle on narrative perspective before they put pen to paper. Not having such will lead to a narration that is all over the map. What you want is consistency in narrative tone...

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Point of View: Keeping Your Voices Distinct Most of the authors I know are women, and one of the biggest struggles I see with women authors is writing a realistic male character—or at least making the male protagonist’s voice distinctly different from that of his female counterpart. Too often there is little variation in voice or tone when the point of view changes from female lead...

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Top 10 Grammar Pet Peeves   As an editor, I find that most people feel compelled to apologize to me when they have typos in their messages or use incorrect grammar around me. I usually try to reassure people that I’m not secretly editing them… mostly. I admit there are a few grammar goofs that will always catch my attention. These are the ones I have a...

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Bad Writing Advice Articles / On Writing

At the end of January, I had the opportunity to attend the Salt Lake Comic Con FanX event and attend several wonderful author panels about various writing topics. One of those panels tackled the topic of “Bad Writing Advice” with authors Dan Wells, Natalie Whipple, Nathan Shumate, Dan Willis, Johnny Worthen, Jared Quan, and Larry Correia. The authors on the panel were wonderfully entertaining, but...

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Writing Character Sheets So you have this fab plot bunny and can’t wait to start writing your next best seller. You sit down at your computer, raring to go and not going to come up for air until you have at least five thousand words written. Sure, this sounds all hunky-dory but then the you hit the wall right around chapter four. (I know because...

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Where the Error Is: Antecedents Antecedents. Yes, I just heard a collective head-scratching mutter of: ante-what?   an·te·ced·ent  noun ˌan-tə-ˈsē-dənt a substantive word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun, typically by a following pronoun1 Still confused? There’s no need to be. It’s fairly straightforward. But do know you will not be able to use “their” and various other pronouns properly without having an...

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Using Everyday Life to Improve Your Story If you’ve read any of my writing articles, you know I’m a huge proponent of writing what you know. Often authors try to write about topics, settings, or situations of which they have little or no working knowledge, and this can become shockingly clear within the first few pages. One of the ways to write what you know...

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