Recs

Divas Recommend: 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding by Charlie Jane Anders A few weeks ago I had a discussion with my siblings about the importance of worldbuilding. We discussed many of the mistakes first-time authors make with their worldbuilding and how it can have an adverse effect on the book and derail the entire story. Sometimes worldbuilding takes center stage and eclipses the characters and...

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Spotlight: Jen Frederick Spotlights

Diva Spotlight: Jen Frederick   Like last month instead of doing the Diva Interview, I decided to showcase whomever I’ve been reading at the moment. First was Elizabeth Hunter and this month Jen Frederick gets the honors. Yay! *dances a jig and toots a horn* Congratulations, Ms. Frederick! Seriously, I like her books. It’s not secret my genre of choice is romance. I like it...

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Writing Exercises

Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts   Welcome to the Write Divas Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts! This week’s writing exercise explores role of the narrator in your story. Narrators can be a single person or several. They can be impartial or biased, or they can merrily lead you down the wrong path. This writing exercise explores the use of an unreliable narrator. What this means is that your...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Dialogue Tag Primer Sometimes it’s good to just get back to the basics when it comes to writing, so I decided to tackle an area that has some set rules and yet also some guidelines or schools of thought that can vary. Dialogue tags fall into this category because while capitalization and punctuation around a dialogue tag is generally rule-driven, what constitutes a dialogue tag...

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Recs

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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Articles / On Editing

What Stops Me In My Tracks When I’m Reading? As I’ve said before, I read a lot. Not nearly as much as I’d like—and much of what I read is unpublished manuscripts—but there is little that makes me happier than relaxing with a book that whisks me away to an exciting new world, a future time, or a distant land. You see, the life of...

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