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Building a Relationship With Your Editor   You’ve finished your manuscript. It’s been tweaked and modified, and you’ve run it past three different pre-readers for comments and critiques. You’ve made your last series of changes, and you’re ready for editing. You’ve hired an editor… so now what? Now’s the time for you to begin building a relationship with your editor.     Trust: The most...

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Quick Tip: Magically Moving Characters   Have you ever noticed that sometimes characters just appear in scenes or move without action? Yeah? Me too. And it drives me crazy to be honest. Now you may wonder why that is a problem? Well, it’s because it disconnects the characters from the story. And it is in that moment that they become pawns instead of characters. Characters...

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Divas on Writing: It Takes a Village to Publish a Book   I read an article the other day that suggested that authors could publish a book without hiring an editor simply by asking their readers to catch their mistakes for them. Interesting concept, if the only errors in the book are simple typos. But what if the story has issues with the plot, pacing,...

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Divas On Writing: It’s All About The Name   I can’t say that the one hardest thing about being a writer is naming your characters, but it can be a really, really frustrating part. And I mean really hair-pullingly frustrating. What impact will a character’s name have on their development? What’s the meaning behind the name? Does it roll off the tongue? Does it sound...

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Divas on Writing: Keep it Consistent—Timelines   So you’ve been through developmental editing or a content editing. That involved a whole lot of rewriting, didn’t it? And though that’s good for your novel, it also can cause a whole host of problems—especially with consistency. There are several areas where continuity can be disrupted after a big edit. As this is a big topic, I am...

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Featured Article: What Do Acquisition Editors Really Want?   Just what does that confounding acquisitions editor want from you? And you thought the age-old question about what women want was a stumper. Today I wanted to discuss just what it is that acquisition editors are looking for. Do you know what makes an editor choose one story over another? Well, it’s fairly simple really, but...

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Quick Tips: Write It Out Longhand   This week’s quick tips is very easy. Try writing out your story longhand. In fact it’s something that many writers have done before ever setting a word to type, but as an avenue it’s been lost in today’s technical age.  When I first started writing, I had journals and journals stacked in my closet. Back fifteen to twenty...

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 Writer’s Block Isn’t Just For Novelists Writer’s block. Two innocent words when used independently, but put them together and anyone who puts words to page will shudder. If you’ve spent any time at the Write Divas blog, you’ll recognize that we post articles every weekday—some are longer than others, but all involve some degree of writing. While some Divas are organized and have their articles...

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We often talk about subtlety and how you should harness the power of implication in your writing, but we haven’t really talked about HOW to do that. As I’ve often stated, technically all writing is “telling”. It’s just that some types of writing are less telling than others. It’s about what you tell and what you don’t. As an author, you want to be direct,...

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Divas on Writing: Character Voice   Do all your characters sound the same, use the same catch phrases, the same endearments? Is everyone snarky, timid or formal? Developing a distinctive voice for each character takes work. But if it’s done right, it can add depth to your characters and layers to your story. There are many things that can influence the way people sound, and...

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