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Divas Recommend: Basic Plot Structure – The Five Plotting Moments That Matter by Amanda Patterson The hardest thing for some editors is to become writers. Yes, we write all the time. Hey, look! I’m writing now. But taking off the editor’s hat is so difficult, especially for me. Writing creative fiction has gone from typing blissfully away for hours and hours to headdesking over and...

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Divas Recommend: “3 Grammar Gremlins That Sometimes Sneak into Our Writing” by C. S. Lakin   I am most comfortable when I am copy editing—that is where I began as an editor—and no matter what type of edit I’m working on, I’m happiest when I’m sifting through the technicalities that are involved with grammar. Grammar is black and white, it’s right or it’s wrong, for...

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Divas Recommend: “Top Ten Grammar Myths” by Mignon Fogarty aka Grammar Girl I love Grammar Girl! Mignon Fogarty is one of my favorite go-to bloggers when I’m stuck and need a quick answer… and I’m too frazzled to search through CMoS (Chicago Manual of Style) to find it. Her section on Grammar at Quick and Dirty Tips is bookmarked on my laptop for easy reference....

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Divas Recommend: 13.5 Things That Will Change Your Writing by Kami Garcia I love it when I rediscover great articles in my bookmarks folder. “13.5 Things That will Change Your Writing” by Kami Garcia, author of the best-selling Beautiful Creatures series, is one such rediscovered bookmark. Garcia offers great advice for authors about the realities of being a writer, from “Writing is not a gift...

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Divas Recommend: Writing: Why Now’s A Good Time To Self-Publish Serial Fiction By Samantha Warren Everybody and their mama are turning to serial fiction these days. With Kindle Unlimited forcing authors toward that direction, it’s no wonder you see more serials from some of your favorite authors. But serial fiction is not to be looked down upon; it’s a hot avenue for writers to take advantage...

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Divas Recommend: Thickening the Plot by Vickie Hinze In this week’s recommendation we unravel the mysteries of constructing a concise, well-developed plot. Vickie Hinze takes plotting to the next level in her article “Thickening the Plot” over at the absolutely wonderful writer’s site, Absolute Write. So if you are having issues developing your plot or creating a plot that doesn’t de-evolve into the clichéd, this is the...

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Divas Recommend: Ten Top Tips to Instantly Improve Your Writing by Julie Lawford I’m always looking for writing tips. Whether they’re for my personal use or to share with our readers, I like to recommend sites and authors/bloggers who give a fresh perspective and look at things from a new angle. This is why I’m recommending Julie Lawford’s article, Ten Top Tips to Instantly Improve Your...

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Divas Recommend: Do What Tolkien Did (But Not What You Think He Did) by Tineke Bryson Have you ever wanted to create maps for your setting, whether it be the layout of a cabin, remote island, or something off-world? If you’re a fantasy author, you probably already worship Tolkien and his map making genius. But what can we learn from Tolkien, and how can we...

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Divas Recommend: Five Stupid Writing Tricks Starting… Now So I’m a big fan of Chuck Wendig’s blog. He is amazeballs! Anyone who can work in a good curse word or twenty while effectively explaining the writing craft is hands down awesome in my book. I’m recommending his article Five Stupid Writing Tricks Starting… Now because those writing tricks are really just as he said, stupid…...

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Diva Recommend Creating a Setting by Taylor Lindstrom I may not be a guy but I am a fan of the Men with Pens blog. And today’s rec is a great straightforward article about how to craft a story setting. It’s by the lone gal over at the unabashed good ol’ boy writing network. Are you struggling with using an existing city in your book or...

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