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Before we get into overused words and phrases in writing: HAPPY NEW YEAR!! *Throws confetti* It’s 2016 and time for some new resolutions. I resolve to write for myself at least an hour a day. We’ll see how that works out for me. Ha! Anyhoo… Way back in 2013 one of my articles about overused words and phrases got a small amount of attention when it...

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As 2015 comes to a close, I wanted to pull together some kind of Divas Rec that summarized my thoughts for the year. That proved to be more challenging than I’d thought until I came across Shannon A. Thompson’s article Top 5 Tips I Gave Out This Year as an Editor and Marketer on her blog.  Shannon’s top five pieces of advice combine editing and marketing tips...

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I’m about to let my inner nerd loose… I LOVE STAR WARS! I still remember the first time I saw Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. I was in the fifth grade and my older sister suggested we go see this new movie called Star Wars that was supposed to be really good. So we drove to the closest theater, which was an hour away. We...

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“33 Ways to Write Stronger Characters” is a must, in my opinion. Let me tell you: This is a list every author needs to print out and keep close when they write.  Covet it. Laminate it. Frame it. Knit it a cozy. I don’t care, just keep it forever. It’s a great resource while you’re developing your characters. When I’ve helped an author or two...

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Recently I was attempting to explain to an author that not all editors actually want authors to remove every bit of descriptive narrative. Nope, some of us actually want authors to find that happy medium between bare bones and fluffy fluff. So color me ecstatic when I stumbled upon this wonderful article, “Creating Lean But Descriptive Prose,” by Connie J. Jasperson at Life in the...

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Have you ever read a book that had strong characters, a great plot, and unexpected twists and turns, but you still felt ambivalent about it? You know, that resounding meh when you read the last page and closed the back cover? It’s quite possible that the author failed to fuse an emotional connection with you through his or her writing.   Now before anyone gets upset,...

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Divas Recommend: Participial Phrases? C’mon, You Made that Up by Beth Hill I admit it; incorrect grammar is a pet peeve of mine, and the misuse of participial phrases ranks right up there at the top of the list of grammar no-no’s. Dangling participles, misplaced modifiers, and nonsimultaneous participial phrases… those are the top three. I recently read the first book in series—I love a good series—and...

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Divas Recommend: Stir Reader Curiosity by Beth Hill Keeping your reader interested from the first page to the last can be a difficult task writers of fiction need to master. Not only do you have to make your story interesting enough so a reader wants to continue, but you have the learn how to keep your reader’s curiosity engaged so they can’t put your book down....

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Divas Recommend: 21 Types of Content We All Crave by Scott Aughtmon  When you think of content in fiction writing, what comes to mind? Does content consist of just the plot and what simply makes up the story or is it more defined? I found this graphic originally on a UltraLinx, a web magazine designed to showcase content from technology to design that lists different types of...

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Divas Recommend: 7 Signs Your Novel Is Doomed And How to Avoid Them By Kim Mills I love articles about writing pitfalls and the tips and tricks authors use to avoid them. This article, 7 Signs Your Novel Is Doomed And How to Avoid Them by Kim Mills at Writer’s Haven, is a gem because not only does it break down the habits that can doom your novel from...

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