Articles / On Editing

5 Ways to Cut the Wordiness in Your Manuscript   Have you received a rejection letter that says “Wordy!”? Has your editor asked you to cut some of the clutter? Do you want to streamline your submission to improve your chances of publication? Here are some quick tips that can help: 1. Search for phrases like started to, began to, headed to, decided to, reached...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas On Writing: Why Can’t I Trust Spell Check? As an editor, I have open on my web browser Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, and the Urban Dictionary at all times while I work. I cross-check each site when I’m stumped on a word, the usage, or if it’s hyphenated. I really hate those hyphenated words.  Oftentimes, authors use the same steps I just listed above when writing....

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Articles / On Dialogue

Divas On Dialogue: Dialogue Punctuation   The are three ways to punctuate dialogue in your novel: the right way, the wrong way, and a mixture of the them both. Kind of confusing, huh? To some it can be. Do you use a comma or period with this tag, or do you capitalize the first word after the quotation? Talking about dialogue punctuation is one thing,...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: “Thought” Verbs We all use “thought” verbs in our daily speech and in our written works. Chuck Palahniuk gives out some very good advice on how “thought” verbs can be eliminated and in turn make you a better writer. Even if you will hate his guts. Check it out and let us know what you think. Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs  


Guest Post: My “Other Job” by Sarahbeth Caplin Guest Posts

In this week’s guest blog post, I’m happy to welcome Sarahbeth Caplin, author of Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter, Someone You Already Know, Public Displays of Convention, and Sorting Myself: a collection of poetry. My “Other Job” by Sarahbeth Caplin To the woman who asked about my “other job”—because writing stories is tiddlywinks compared to being an Important Somebody in a corporate office: The size...

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Articles / On Editing

What to Do With Your First Draft   Congratulations! You’ve done something that most would-be writers have not—completed your novel. I can feel your satisfied grin from here. So now that you’ve finished that first draft, what should you do with it? If “Publish it now!” is your first thought, I want you to take a step away from your manuscript. In fact, you should...

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