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So I’ve been obsessed with reading books from the male POV lately, especially books written by women. There is a certain understanding of the opposite sex’s mental state that’s required when writing a realistic male character.  Many times I have read books where I could tell clearly a woman is writing a man and it pulls me from a book fast. The male protagonist is...

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Divas Recommend It’s Time for (Many) Experienced Writers to Stop Blogging by L.L. Barkat   Well now, I came across this article recently, It’s Time for (Many) Experienced Writers to Stop Blogging by L.L. Barkat, and it provoked me to thought. Yes, this is advice for 2013, but you may find it’s still relevant for 2014 and beyond. You hear it everywhere—you must have a blog....

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Divas Recommend: The Secret Rules of Adjective Order By Katy Waldman   Have you ever wondered why we say “a long, cold day” instead of “a cold, long day”? Why does one way sound right and the other sound oh, so wrong? Is this something we learn officially in school or is this something we pick up as we learn to speak? If you’re a...

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Divas Recommend: Building a Killer Email List by Nick Stephenson   By show of virtual hands, how many of you have an e-mail list and know how to grow and use it? I mean, really use it? Wow, so not very many. 😉 Have I got an article for you! In my never ending search for ways to do things better, I came across Nick...

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I’m plotting out a short story right now and I’ve found it difficult to get a good grip on the development of my characters. I tend to be overly descriptive and not keep it simple. Diva Jen wrote a great article on keeping it simple, make sure to check that out, too. This recommend has a series of links to other articles about character development...

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Divas Recommend: The Power of Saying No…Revisited by Denise Dukette   Today, I’m recommending an article from one of my favorite websites: Project Eve. If you are unfamiliar with Project Eve, I suggest you give them a look. This is a collaborative community dedicated to helping women succeed in business, and with over 500,000 members, you can bet there is some great content to be...

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Divas Recommend: So You Want To Make A Living Writing? 13 Great Truths by Bob Mayer   If you’re a writer, I can only assume that—like me—you’ve sat at your desk and imagined the time when you could give up the day job and make writing a full-time job.  Can you make a living as a writer? What should you do and where should you focus your energy? How...

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Divas Recommend: Writing The Antihero (And Why So Many Authors Get It Wrong) by Cate Baum   By now you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing for the well-written antihero (aka villain, antagonist, bad guy/girl, etc.). I promise it’s not a manifestation of my secret darker side. It’s no secret that I have a darker side. 😉 I’d never paid much attention to villains...

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Divas Recommend: Trust Me, You Need A Good Editor by Rachelle Gardner   Of course the Divas can’t stress enough how much an author needs a good editor because it’s how we roll. Rachelle Gardner fills you in on the reasons why good editing is essential for every author. From indie to traditionally published and no matter what genre, quality editing is a solid and...

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Divas Recommend Throwing Stones by Ammon Shea   Today I’m going to recommend this guest post on the blog over at Merriam-Webster.com. Ammon Shea does a fine job of pointing out the constant evolution of the English language and gives a warning to usage dictators everywhere in the process. As an editor and a writer, I do appreciate a look into the way that words have...

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