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The Benefits of an Open Mind   An open mind—the ability to see the world from limitless angles and viewpoints without passing judgment—is something that many strive toward. But how many of us can say we can say we’ve actually achieved it? I don’t think it’s a destination as much as it is a journey toward open-mindedness simply because I don’t think there’s a final...

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Divas On Writing: When To Keep It Classy   Not all of our writing articles are about novel writing. We also are avid bloggers and post on many forms of social media. When authors of any type blog or chat on places like Facebook and Twitter, it is essentially their face to the world, because let’s be straight, not all authors can come over for...

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Quick Tips: Scene Breaks   Ah… the mystery of scene breaks and what to do with them. It’s such a little thing, and yet its impact on the flow and pace of a story is important.  Scene breaks are a lot like commas: everyone needs them but the rules of use can be vague. So what’s a writer to do? Glad you asked. First let’s...

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Divas on Writing: Issues with the First Person Perspective   I have to admit that I’m a fan of the first person narrative perspective, but it has its problems. So if you are planning to pen your upcoming masterpiece in the first person perspective, there are several things that you’ll need to look out for. Mind reading The first and biggest issue I see as...

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Featured Article: The Power of Kindness   Recently I had the privilege of reading Justine Musk’s article on niceness versus kindness. This was a subject that was close to my heart without me realizing that it was. See, about five years ago I went through a metamorphosis that left the former me in a shallow grave out in the woods somewhere. What happened, you ask....

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Quick Tips: Start From The End   I was talking to an author today about overcoming mental blocks. Every author feels these mental blocks while writing from time to time. Sometimes it’s because they haven’t written out a detailed outline or no outline at all. Maybe they are comparing themselves to other authors they see on social media who can pump books out the wazoo...

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Writing What You Know So we’ve all heard the old adage before—write what you know. Which is great if you’re a pirate, an alien, a billionaire, or a nineteenth-century courtesan. But what if you’re not? Well, you could still write what you know, but I can’t imagine anyone out there wants me to write a book about accounting. Unless it’s to be used as a...

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Quick Tip: Hindrances to Developing Your Writing Talent In today’s article I wanted to discuss those things that hinder our ability to improve our writing. While practice is key to becoming a better writer, I’ve found that there are certain attitudes that can do much to keep us from reaching our full potential. And I think these are the things that keep a good writer...

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Divas on Writing: The Importance of Reading   In the June edition of one of my favorite magazines, Real Simple, there was a great article, “Remember Reading?” written by Sarah J. Robbins. In this article, Robbins discusses the importance of reading and outlines the numerous benefits such as a reduction in stress, an increase in empathy for others and a better academic performance for children....

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Divas On Writing: Writing Effective Book Reviews On the blog we have covered many topics on writing your novel, but we haven’t talked about writing reviews of books. Reviewers need love, too. Speaking as a book reviewer, I know how hard it can be to write an effective review that has a good balance of criticism and praise. And that is just what I aim...

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