Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Stop Smiling!   Stop smiling! Or, more aptly, stop having your character smile all the time. He smiled. She smiled. I smiled. They smiled. I read it everywhere.  It’s the easiest way to show your character is happy. But are you really showing anything? There are variations on the theme, of course—mentions of lips turning up and grins breaking across faces, but it all...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Wikipedia Is Not the Bible   Freelance and independent editors aren’t fact checkers. In fact, we prefer not to fact check. There is a certain liability that isn’t the responsibility of the editor, but rather the author. You can pay your editor to specifically fact check, but it’s a touchy area. Editors at publishing houses are a different story, though. They are...

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Writing Prompts

Featured Writing Prompts & Exercises   Welcome to the Write Divas Featured Writing Prompts & Exercises! Have you ever had that feeling someone is reading your mind? No? Me neither. Still, I’m glad people can’t read minds. But would happen is someone could read your mind and you became aware of it? This week the Divas would like you to write a scene based on...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: “Attention, Writer: Listen to Your Editor” by Courtney Cantrell   Being an editor is fun, but sometimes you’ve got to deliver news an author doesn’t want to—or can’t—accept. Editors can assure an author until they are hoarse that each suggested change is made to improve the overall manuscript, but ultimately it’s up to the author to trust that the editor knows what she’s...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Liv Morris   With Penned Con St. Louis taking place in my home town this next week, there was no better time for all the Divas to get together to represent the editing house and spread our editing charm. But we’re also there to meet our favorite authors, get some great books, and meet readers! We’ll also be representing the authors we work...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Because and Since   You’re probably wondering why I’m writing an article about two words that can be used interchangeably most of the time. Well, that’s because it’s most of the time and not all of the time. There are some instances where these two beauties cannot be swapped one for the other and it simply has to do with the use. When because and since are...

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