Recs

Divas Recommend: Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction by Kristen Lamb   When I read this article, I fell it love with it and had to share it with everyone. If you are an author navigating the world of writing and self-editing, you’ve got to read this Kristen Lamb’s article, “Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction.” The six easy tips address some of the...

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Articles / On Writing

Featured Article: Redundant Perspectives   Redundancy can be a real killer in your story—and not in the good way. Whether it is stating the obvious, showing and then telling, defining character actions, or worst of the worst, replaying a scene from a different point of view. This type of redundancy can happen in story or in a second story that retells the events of the...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Ignore The Haters   I have seen and heard it time and time again: Authors fretting over one bad review. As an editor, seeing one of my authors pull their hair out because of one negative review or comment makes me want to pull my hair out along with them. It’s tough, the world of writing and publishing. An author’s work is out...

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Articles / On Writing

Your Editor, Your Friend   This article has been mulling around in my head for a while now, and it wasn’t until today that I finally pulled together what my point actually was. I spent last weekend in St. Louis with the other divas at Penned Con 2014, and we had a fantastic time meeting a ton of writers and hanging out with some authors...

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Writing Exercises

Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts   Welcome to the Write Divas Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts! This week’s writing exercise is designed to help authors improve the flow of their scenes without the use of introductory participial phrases, for example:   Straightening his tie, Ramon mentally prepared to cross-examine the witness.   The phrase that has the strike-through is an introductory participial phrase, and because...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: Writing The Romance Novel –  Seven Story Beats by Kaye Dacus   Kaye Dacus talks about the seven romantic plotlines Billy Mernit described in his article “Writing the Romantic Comedy.” It’s a very informative article that breaks down the genre into seven descriptive plotlines. For all those romance writers out there, this article is very helpful by dissecting the meat and bones of writing...

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