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Divas Recommend: Writing the Back Blurb by Shannon A. Thompson Recently, Diva Lauren wrote this article on how difficult authors find writing blurbs, whether they’re short 75-word synopses for back material or longer 300-word summaries for promotional materials. In it she offered some helpful tips in the form of a list—yes, I love lists!—to help authors organize their information and get that blurb written.  While...

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Divas Recommend: 80 + Barriers to Love: A List of Ideas to Keep Romantic Tension High by Colleen Houck If you’re like me, you’ve struggled with ways to keep your romantic couple apart and increasing the romantic tension alive in your stories. I also face this when editing for authors. Why is romantic tension so important? It’s those barriers to love that keep the two...

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Divas Recommend: 25 Things You Should Know About Antagonists by Chuck Wendig Chuck Wendig had delivered another killer article full of humor and really good writing advice. In his piece, 25 Things You Should Know About Antagonists, he takes you through some thought provoking insights when writing your antagonist. He looks at aspects of protagonists I haven’t imagined and I’m filing this away for future use. I...

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Diva Recommend: Do You Really Know Your Old School English? Today’s rec is something on the light side—a fun test of your knowledge of archaic English. Go ahead and try it, and see if you can beat me. (I came  in at 70%. Barely passing, but I’ll take it.) Guess I’m still not ready to write the great American Middle Ages men as knights novel....

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Divas Recommend: Caveat Venditor—Top Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors By Kristen Lamb   It’s a new year, and with a new year comes a new diet, new exercise plan, new resolutions.  So it should come as no surprise that I’m recommending one of my favorite go-to author/bloggers, Kristen Lamb, whose article, Caveat Venditor—Top Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors, gives a fresh look at some hazards...

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Divas Recommend: Wikipedia is Not the Bible By Lauren Schmelz It was really hard to narrow down my list of favorite articles by Diva Lauren because she writes with a snarky intelligence that I just love. But as a copy editor, one of my responsibilities has historically been verifying research, so this article, Wikipedia is Not the Bible, hit home for me. No, she’s not bashing...

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Divas Recommend: Writing What You Know by Jen Matera   I can never get enough of reading Diva Jen’s articles. Not only does she balance a clever wit with the tone of the pieces but she is incredibly informative at the same time. Her article Writing What You Know is one of those articles you need to bookmark and come back to. Check it out and...

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Divas Recommend: Become the Boss of Your Writing by Janine Savage I’m the boss; you’re the boss. In this culture it seems we are so concerned about who the boss is, from little kids playing king of the hill, to that new employee down at the local factory. But when it comes to your writing, who is the boss? You? Your editor? Your best friend’s...

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Divas Recommend: Issues with the First Person Perspective by Shay Goodman I have a love-hate relationship with first person perspective, partly because of the issues I see when editing and partly because I find it too restrictive. Granted second person, third person, alternating, and omniscient perspectives have their fair share of writing issues too. So what’s an author to do if they love first person...

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For the next two weeks, the Divas are going to break from our regularly scheduled programming by opening the vault of our past articles and recommending our favorite articles by the Divas. We hope you experience all the joys (and none of the annoys) of the holiday season and our favorite articles from Write Divas! Divas Recommend: It Takes a Village to Publish a Book...

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