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So You Want to Write a Love Triangle   Today, I’m going to discuss the good, the bad, the ugly, and the truly vomit-inducing aspects of the oft overused love triangle. Fair warning before you read this article: I’m not a fan of the love triangle. In fact, I generally despise them to the point that reading one makes me want to spork out my...

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Shay’s Top 4 Most Helpful Articles on the Craft of Writing and Author Life   There are a lot of articles out there on the craft of writing and being an author, and some are better than others. Like most editors, I have my favorites. The articles that I just enjoy or the ones that I recommend again and again to authors. So today, I’m...

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Quick Tips: Knowing When To Step Away   Writing a book is hard work. I know this as an editor and as an author. I have written about a bajillion words (okay, not a bajillion, but many, many hundreds of thousands of words) on my own stories, blog posts, reviews, articles, etc. So it’s safe to say I know the amount of blood, sweat, and...

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Don’t Use Five-Dollar Words Articles / On Writing

Mark Twain is credited with saying a lot of things. Some will argue that not everything attributed to him actually originated with him, but he’s one of my go-to guys for helpful quotes. There’s actually one over my desk that reads: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you,...

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Quick Tip: Characters Aren’t Mind Readers   Back in December, Diva Lauren wrote a quick tip on how readers aren’t mind readers. Well, today, we’re going to take that a step further and discuss how characters aren’t mind reader either. 🙂 This article is for those of you who are writing in the perspective of a character instead of an omniscient narrator. There’s a part of every...

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Surround Yourself With Diversity   Someone once said, “Write what you know.”  We’ve all heard it before. And if taken literally… well, that’s a scary thing. Because I’m not that certain I know all that much about anything interesting. But I’m pretty sure the phrase wasn’t meant to be taken literally, at least not the way I look at it. I look at it as...

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Divas On Writing: Where The Heck Are We?   Recently I read a book for my personal book blog The Flirty Reader that left me scratching my head, and it wasn’t because of a confusing plotline or lack of development. It was the lack of proper setting. In this book the author used many words with British spelling, which would indicate to me that the book...

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Indirect and Direct Action in Your Writing   Something I’ve noticed more and more as I read—and edit—is the use of what I’ll call indirect action, for lack of a formal title. What I mean is the kind of writing where the sentence is formatted so that the action lies at the feet of the observer instead of the actor. A few examples of what...

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Featured Article: The Divas’ Favorite Books on Writing   Today, I asked my sister-Divas to share with us their favorite books on writing. There are certain books on our shelves that collect dust and then there are those shining stars that we return to again and again. And we thought if they were helpful to us, maybe they would be helpful for you as well....

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Giving Your Characters A Little Umph Articles / On Writing

You have done it, you wrote a book. Yay! The tough part is over. Well, not really. You have revising, editing, more editing, revising, editing… You get my point. Okay, rewind a bit. I tend to do on tangents when I get excited. You have done it, you wrote a book. Yay! But when you go back and reread and hopefully revise what you wrote,...

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