Ask the Divas

I was asked today, “What are your biggest editing pet peeves?” Immediately, I thought of a myriad of things. But when I really got to thinking about it, there are just a few things I find grating, which can be addressed beforehand by authors.  The simplest mistakes an author will make are the most common and ultimately very annoying and redundant for editors. Not that...

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Writing Exercises

Today’s writing exercise is about using your senses. It ties into Tuesday’s writing prompt, which asked you to imagine the smell of freshly cut grass and then let that scent take hold of your imagination. Instead of a prompt, the exercise today is to use your senses to establish a scene so a reader can step in and see what you see, hear what you...

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Diva Chat

For the August Diva Chat, Write Divas is discussing the popular young adult fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, in anticipation of the movie release later this month. Clare published City of Bones, the first book in this series, in 2007. Since then, the series has grown to include five books with a sixth planned for 2014. The series has inspired The Bane...

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Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Smell This week’s writing prompt focuses on one of the least used senses. Creativity can stem from any of the five senses, whether it’s the sight of a beautiful woman or the sound of a giggling child, but sometimes the most creative of scenes can arise from an everyday smell. Stop for a moment and take in the air around you—what are you...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #5: Head Hopping   In today’s article, #5 in our series on writing pitfalls for new authors, we will deal with head hopping. Head hopping stems from a lack of understanding of third person perspectives. To properly understand head hopping, we must first review the different types of point of view (POV). Like the first person POV, third person limited is a close perspective that...

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Tips

Today’s quick tip is about the three things you should do to lay the foundation for your career as an author.  So you’ve decided to write a book. You’ve invested countless hours in developing your talent. But there is something you need to do before you publish or query or even begin to write. So, first things first… 1. Create your identity It is important...

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