Ask the Divas

Should I research when writing a novel? Writers have an unspoken agreement with readers to suspend disbelief when they begin a story. Readers willingly do this because they’re in it for the enjoyment of getting lost in a good book. But as a general rule, people will suspend disbelief only so far. Push the envelope too much and you’ll end up with reviews about your...

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Writing Exercises

In today’s writing exercise, we are going to craft a scene containing an emotional word picture or EWP. An emotional word picture is a communication technique that is used to engage a person’s heart instead of their logic. Simply put, an EWP is a form of relational storytelling, usually with a message that can be comprehended better emotionally. These stories may inspire, call to action,...

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Guest Post: L.V. Lewis – Trust Your Instincts Guest Posts

Today at Write Divas, we’re excited to bring you a special guest post from Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever author L. V. Lewis as she talks about how to trust your instincts and listen to your gut when it comes to your story: Trust Your Instincts by L. V. Lewis When you’re a newbie at anything, being unsure of yourself sort of comes with the...

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Writing Prompts

In today’s writing prompt, we are going to explore emotion. We want you to express the emotional state of the girl pictured. Dig deep into her life and thoughts. Take your time, make the most of every word. The purpose is to take this character from a two-dimensional rendering to a three-dimensional person full of life and feelings.  You have three hundred words. Go. Please...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #4: Mundane Detail   Back when I first started writing, I thought details were the meat and potatoes of my stories; the more the better is what I always thought. I had no qualms about writing the step-by-step of how my characters cooked spaghetti, how their shower routines consisted of lather, rinse, repeat with their specifically scented shampoo while their soap was a...

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Tips

During the revision process of novel writing, you can quickly eliminate overused words and phrases once you know what some of these redundancies are. Please don’t feel ashamed if it has never occurred to you these words are unnecessary or overused; they plague the best of writers. The quick tip today is training the eye to recognize them so your work flows, it reads smoothly,...

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