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Divas Rec: How to Double Your Story’s Conflict in Seconds Recs

How to Double Your Story’s Conflict in Seconds by K.M. Weiland This is not the first time I’ve recommended an article by K.M. Weiland, and it probably won’t be the last. She has some great articles. Conflict is one of those areas that I’ve noticed (myself included) that authors struggle with. How much is too much? What if my readers get mad at me because...

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I know, I know. We’ve preached about how important it is to write an outline to your novel.  I’ve told many of my authors when they are stuck that they should outline the rest of their story so they have a clear path to follow. I need an outline to finish a book, well, anything I write, truthfully. In this rec, Steven James shares with us...

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Divas Recommend: Proofreading is not editing by Connie J. Jasperson Every once in a while an article comes along and just explains things perfectly. “Proofreading is not editing” by Connie J. Jasperson on her blog Life in the Realm of Fantasy is exactly that. When discussing proofreading, she reiterates that a proofreader is not there to edit; that’s been done already. A proofreader is a fresh...

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Divas Rec: How Lucid Dreaming Can Improve Your Creativity Recs

Divas Recommend: How Lucid Dreaming Can Improve Your Creativity While You Sleep by Rosanna Casper by Rosanna Casper The Divas Recommend this week takes a slight detour from the normal articles about writing and authoring and improving our craft and dives headlong into the pool of lucid dreaming to improve our creativity. I will admit, I am usually the first one to brush aside anything New...

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Divas Rec: How To Cut The Filler and Tighten Your Book Recs

Divas Recommend: How To Cut The Filler and Tighten Your Book By Laura Carlson   In the article How to Cut the Filler and Tighten Your Book, Laura Carlson shares with us her tools on making your book as tight as can be. I have read many books where filler bogs down a story so much, I often find myself skimming large chunks of the...

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Divas Recommend: “#WW Writer Problems 6-10” By Shannon A. Thompson Last month, I recommended the first part of this article, “#WW Writer Problems 1-5,” by Shannon A. Thompson, to our readers because she speaks our language—except she’s way funnier than I am and she makes cool graphics. Her article pokes fun at our quirks and highlights the “problems” only other authors will understand. So when...

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Divas Recommend: 9 Fundamental Fears That Motivate Your Characters by David Wisehart   When I found “9 Fundamental Fears that Motivate Your Characters” by David Wishart, I knew I wanted to use it for my Divas Recommend. I’ve keep the site open on my iPad for weeks patiently waiting for my turn. Ha-ha! Wishart’s article discusses the nine fundamental fears we humans develop in our early...

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Divas Rec: Can a Character’s Arc be a Subplot? Recs

Diva’s Recommend: Can A Character’s Arc Be A Subplot by K.M. Weiland   Did you know that a character’s arc can be a subplot? Well, heck ya, they can. I didn’t really know what this meant until I read the article by K.M Weiland. I just focused on the main plot too much to see that character subplots are just as important as the major...

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Divas Recommend: “#WW Writer Problems 1-5” By Shannon A. Thompson   Have you ever been working on something and saved it, like, a million times—yet you’re still riddled with anxiety that the minute you close the file, all will be lost? No? Ha, lucky you! For the neurotic rest of us, “#WW Writer Problems 1-5,” by Shannon A. Thompson, speaks our language.  This humorous yet truthful look...

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Divas Recommend: 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding by Charlie Jane Anders A few weeks ago I had a discussion with my siblings about the importance of worldbuilding. We discussed many of the mistakes first-time authors make with their worldbuilding and how it can have an adverse effect on the book and derail the entire story. Sometimes worldbuilding takes center stage and eclipses the characters and...

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