On Genre / Special

Divas On Genre: Erotica We’re starting up a new series on the blog all about genres. The series will post every Friday with one of the Divas showcasing a different genre each week. To kick off this new series with a bang (pun intended), today we’re discussing erotica. Merriam-Webster says: Erotica is works of art or literature that deals with sex and is meant to cause...

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Recs

The Divas Recommend: Night of the Living Syntax by Craig Clevenger Hello Diva followers! We’re changing things up on the blog and introducing the Divas Recommend. Thursdays have been reserved for reblogging some of our favorite articles from various sites. Today, I chose an article by Craig Clevenger called Night of the Living Syntax. It’s about disembodied motion. It was posted on Chuck Palahniuk’s site in...

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Diva Chat

This month’s topic will be the YA fantasy trilogy The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The first book in this series, The Hunger Games, was published in 2008 and was hugely popular in both the YA and the adult markets. Catching Fire and Mockingjay have seen similar success and have gone on to include a very successful movie franchise with the debut of The Hunger Games...

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Tips

In Defense of the Semicolon If you’ve taken a creative writing class, read a how-to book on writing or been scolded by an editor, you’ve been told that semicolons do not belong in fiction writing. Perhaps a red pen has crossed through your semicolon, replacing it with a period and a capital letter, or maybe you’ve been told to rewrite and add a conjunction, instead....

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On Writing

Today, the Divas are going to delve into the murky waters of plagiarism, copyright infringement, and fair use. Please note that we are referencing US copyright law¹ in relation to authors who write fiction, which means for the purposes of this article we will not reference the ins and outs of copyright law concerning non-fiction, poetry, patents, visual arts, video, music, etc. In its simplest...

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Tips

So, you’ve queried an agent or publisher with your manuscript and have been rejected. Unfortunately, they’ve provided little in the way of feedback about what you are doing wrong. What’s worse, the rejection came in the form of a canned letter. It can get a quite discouraging. After all, it’s not too much to ask for a reason for your rejection and little bit of...

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