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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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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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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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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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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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Quick Tips: Stop Smiling!   Stop smiling! Or, more aptly, stop having your character smile all the time. He smiled. She smiled. I smiled. They smiled. I read it everywhere.  It’s the easiest way to show your character is happy. But are you really showing anything? There are variations on the theme, of course—mentions of lips turning up and grins breaking across faces, but it all...

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Divas on Writing: Wikipedia Is Not the Bible   Freelance and independent editors aren’t fact checkers. In fact, we prefer not to fact check. There is a certain liability that isn’t the responsibility of the editor, but rather the author. You can pay your editor to specifically fact check, but it’s a touchy area. Editors at publishing houses are a different story, though. They are...

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Divas on Writing: Keep it Consistent – Characters   This week, I’m continuing my series on keeping things consistent during the editing process. As I stated earlier, it’s easy for things to get way out of order after a big edit. If you are following up a major edit with nothing more than a proofread, it is imperative that you know how to keep things...

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Balancing Your Faith and Your Muse   This article is personal. Very personal. I’m going to talk about faith, specifically Christianity. It may seem negative, but I don’t mean it to be. I love my faith, but I am not blind to the flaws—especially among those who profess it. I feel in a way the subject matter transcends faith. None of us live in a...

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Quick Tips: Writing Achilles’ Heel   Most of the articles the Divas write draw from personal experience, and this one is not any different. I’ve been struggling with my first novel for a while now. Really, I’ve been struggling with many first novels. I have about four or five WIPs that can’t seem to get past chapter four. My intentions are great when I start...

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