Articles / On Writing

If you’ve ever heard of deus ex machina and wondered what it is, have I got an article for you. Deus ex machina is Latin and means “God from the machine.” It refers to a plot device that results in a miracle that saves the day when all seems lost and there’s no way out. This is used when the author has written themselves into...

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Special / Spotlights

I’m a big fan of dystopian books. Well, to put it more bluntly: I like dystopian romances. If you all haven’t figured it all by now, I’m a romance junkie. Not gonna lie. I’m dang proud of it. Anyhoo… Shay Savage’s wonderful mind came up with a spontaneous book (according to her author’s notes, this book wasn’t on her writing schedule this year) called Commodity....

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Articles / On Dialogue

Over the last few days, a picture has shown up in my Facebook timeline over and over again. The caption reads “190 Ways to Say ‘Said.’ ” Grammatical issues aside—the synonyms are actually all present tense, so they’re 190 ways to say say—it was causing a buzz in my timeline. If you’ve seen it, chances are you’ve had one of two reactions: 1) woo hoo,...

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NaNoWriMo is coming. Are you ready? Articles

Yesterday my son reminded me that November is almost here, and I realized it’s almost time for NaNoWrimo aka National Novel Writing Month! I know, some of you are thinking I have such a thoughtful son, right? Hah! He’s more concerned that I don’t forget his school play and less about me being ready for NaNoWriMo. But I digress. November sneaked up on me. I’m still...

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Spotlights

What was the last book series you fell in love with and felt gutted when it ended? Mine was the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover. I haven’t found a book series so well-written that delivered such real, gritty, and heartfelt romances in a long time. After reading Rule, the first book in the series, I knew I was in for the long haul. In the Marked...

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Articles / On Editing

We often talk about what to expect from your editor during the editing process, but how many of us have thought about what the editor should be able to expect from the author at the same time? Sure, I know what some of you may be thinking. Authors pay editors to do the work, so why should they have any expectations at all? The words...

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