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Divas Rec: Participial Phrases? C’mon, You Made that Up

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Divas Recommend | 2 comments

Divas Rec: Participial Phrases? C’mon, You Made that Up

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 I was astounded at the number of mistimed participial phrases. I’d estimate that at least half of those participial phrases were absolutely impossible to perform at the same time as the action in the rest of the sentence. Half! Things like “Walking the dog, I drove to work.” Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but the point is the action in the participial phrase must be concurrent with the action in the rest of the sentence unless there’s a modifier stating it’s not.  Oh, and the first sentence of the first book in the series had a misplaced modifier. First sentence. No, I’m not kidding.  Therefore, my rec is “Participial Phrases? C’mon, You Made that Up” by Beth Hill at The Editor’s Blog. Great title, right? This article starts from step one and walks through what participles are, why we use them, and how to use them properly. It’s a must-read for all authors and editors. Go check it out! What’s the oddest illogical participial phrase you’ve ever come across? Leave me a note in the comments! Happy...

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Divas Rec: Stir Reader Curiosity by Beth Hill

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Divas Recommend | 0 comments

Divas Rec: Stir Reader Curiosity by Beth Hill

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. While visiting one of my favorite blogs on writing is The Editor’s Blog, I came across an article by fiction editor Beth Hill. In her article Stir Reader Curiosity, Hill talks about ways to lay down breadcrumbs in your story to lead your readers where you want them in a way that feels natural so they don’t know they’re exactly where you want them. The task of the writer, then, is to promise a satisfying ending and to drop enticing breadcrumbs along the way to keep readers on the path toward that ending. –Beth Hill If you want to learn how to keep your readers turning the page, give Hill’s article a read. While you’re at it, check out the rest of the blog. It’s full of great writing advice. Now… go write...

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Divas Rec: 21 Types of Content We All Crave

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Divas Recommend | 0 comments

Divas Rec: 21 Types of Content We All Crave

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 content that appeal to all audiences. Even if the graphic is meant for web marketing, all of it computes for fiction writing as well. Take a look at 21 Types of Content We All Crave by Scott Aughtmon and see how you can inject examples of this content into your writing. ...

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Divas Rec: 7 Signs Your Novel Is Doomed

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Divas Recommend | 0 comments

Divas Rec: 7 Signs Your Novel Is Doomed

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 the start—with just the right amount of dry humor I love, of course—but it turns everything around and gives great advice on how to avoid falling into these traps. So check out the article, and while you’re there, check out some of the other articles this author has written on the craft. You won’t be disappointed!  Happy...

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

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Divas Recommend | 0 comments

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

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 of all the awful things I do to my characters? What if my characters are no longer likeable at the end of the story? Is my conflict and my character’s reaction to these roadblocks believable? The list of questions and worry can go on and on. But once we get over the initial fear we have of adding multiple types of conflict in our books, the question then arises: How do I add conflict and where do I add it? In the article, How to Double Your Story’s Conflict in Seconds, Weiland discusses the importance of conflict and how to double it very quickly. Once her methods are applied, the resulting plot becomes complex and layered—all without the need for complicated spreadsheets or a storyboard that takes over your home office. Check out Weiland’s article and while you’re there, take a look at some of her other articles on her website, Helping Writers Become Authors. You won’t be sorry you did. Now… go write...

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Divas Rec: 6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Divas Recommend | 0 comments

Divas Rec: 6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline

6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline by Steven James   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 some tips to avoid when writing an outline. He calls it a “rebellion.” The point I think he’s trying to make with this article is that writing doesn’t have to be formulaic. It can flow organically. So if you’re like me and still have trouble with outlines, then this article could be useful to you. Check out 6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline and let us know what you think about outlines. ...

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