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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Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins Spotlights

Diva Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins Welcome to another edition of what’s Diva Lauren reading this week. Well, I have a treat for readers who like to take on a risque book. Or a risque topic, really. Cheating. Or not cheating. Allowed cheating… Just stay with me. Do you remember that 1993 movie Indecent Proposal starring Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Robert Redford? It’s based on the...

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Writing Exercise: Point of View Writing Exercises

Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts Welcome to the Write Divas Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts! This week’s writing exercise is all about exploring point of view, specifically the contrast between the protagonist and the antagonist and how they see the same scene. During this exercise, pay close attention to the voice of your characters. The antagonist should not sound anything like the protagonist and shouldn’t...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Nauseated and Nauseous   Conversation overheard between a snarky editor and her victi—er, author: “Ugh. All these changes! I swear you make me nauseous!” “I make you able to cause nausea? Sweet! I am all-powerful!” “No, jerk, you make me sick.” “Grammatically speaking, then, I make you nauseated.” “Fine. Whatever. You make me nauseated.” “Cool! Now I’m nauseous!” As far as grammar is concerned, the...

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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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Articles / On Dialogue

Gimme More—Using Creative Narrative Instead of Dialogue Tags If you’ve read my series on dialogue tags—or if you know me, have met me, or have ever been in my general proximity—you’d know that I’m a student of the “Less is More” school of dialogue tags. I’m not a fan of creative dialogue tags, and I’m a firm believer that unless you have a room full...

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