Interviews

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Janine Savage Today we are continuing the Diva interview series and talking to Write Diva CEO Janine Savage. She’s the driving force behind the Divas. But what makes her tick? Let’s find out! It’s tough raising a family and working, how do you balance your time between family and editing/reading? Having it all is tough. Honestly, I’m still learning how to...

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Articles / On Writing

A thesaurus. It is a wonderful tool but is easy to abuse. Commonly when editing, we see instances where an author has obviously used a thesaurus to replace a more common word with a less common word. More than anything, it is desirable to make your usage of a thesaurus as unintrusive as possible. The trick is to use it, but not use it in...

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Articles / On Writing

What Raiders of the Lost Ark Taught Me About Storytelling   Earlier today, Raiders of the Lost Ark was on television. This was one of my all-time favorite movies when I was a kid. I still remember riding in the car with my family as we drove the thirty miles to the closest theater in Jerome, Idaho to see this movie for the first time. I was twelve years...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Dynamic Dialogue   As I sat down to write this article, I found instead of coming up with an explanation of what dynamic dialogue was, I continually thought about what dynamic dialogue wasn’t. 🙂 So forgive me if I start this article a bit backward. So, what isn’t dynamic dialogue? boring mundane repetitive bland unvaried contrived interrogatory (not a Q&A session) over-the-top (especially when showing...

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Recs

In today’s Diva Rec, I’m pointing you toward a fabulous article on Huffington Post, “7 Craft Lessons Every Writer Must Learn” by Michael Noll. I’m tempted to rename this article: What You Must Learn Before You Even Think About Writing a Book. Yes, the lessons contained within the article are that important. So check it out and spend some time using the seven lessons as...

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Articles / Diva Chat

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green   This month’s topic is the YA romance The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is the sixth novel for Green, having authored Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances, Paper Towns, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Several of Green’s novels have won many awards and been optioned for...

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