Diva Chat

National Write a Novel Month (NaNoWriMo) is starting in a few days. Are you ready to take the challenge? A few years ago two of my friends made the commitment to NaNoWriMo, and they asked me to join them. My workload at the time was too heavy, and I had to decline, but I did support them. One friend successfully completed her novel and the...

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Tips

Simultaneous Participial Phrases or You Can’t Do Those at the Same Time! Sipping her coffee, Laura told me about her day. If your first reaction is “Wait, what?” then you’ve caught on to the grammar gaffe that affects… well, just about all of us sooner or later.  Yes, it’s the dreaded non-simultaneous participial phrase. Better known as “You can’t do those at the same time.” Because...

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On Writing

In today’s article we are going to discuss the how to tell a story without telling a story. I must admit that I tend to find the “show don’t tell” rule a bit ironic because all writing is telling. Yes, you read that right. It’s all telling. Telling narrative is obvious. With keen anticipation, Joan and Sally wait for their favorite actor to appear. The...

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Articles / On Genre

I love historical fiction, whether it be a dramatization of real events, a what-if scenario, or a time travel. I have yet to find a well-written historical novel I didn’t liked. Now let me make myself clear. I like historical fiction. I’m not the scholarly type who dives into real history and vets out every minute detail of the era, unless I’m writing a novel....

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Kathie's Corner

Genre . . . How do I choose only two? In your submission letter, you are asked what genre your book is. Recently, Diva Jen wrote a wonderful blog post on this subject. It may be difficult, but you need to only list the first two that pertain to your manuscript. You need to be as specific as you can. To help you out, many genres are combined:...

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Guest Post: Writing Dialogue in Historical Fiction by Sandi Layne Guest Posts

I am thrilled to bring today’s guest post from author, Sandi Layne. Writing Dialogue in Historical Fiction ~ or ~ King Henry VIII Did Not Speak in Iambic Pentameter by Sandi Layne “Put me down,” I cried furiously. “Put me down! I don’t want to be Emperor. I refuse to be Emperor. Long live the Republic!” But they only laughed. “That’s a good one. He...

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