Tag: Aspiring Authors


Interviews

Diva Interview: Author C.L. Parker I asked my dear friend, author C. L. Parker, to talk to us today about the her journey from small market publishing to The Bix Six. If you’re not aware of The Big Six they are generally referred to: Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, MacMillion Publishers, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, and Random House. Only now it seems The Big Six...

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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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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory   Wikipedia mashed together two great definitions of backstory: “A backstory, background story, back-story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding—and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.” What does that mean to you the writer? To me, it means in order to completely...

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Tips

Quick Tip: Stop Self-Editing While Writing I’ll be blunt: Stop self-editing; it bites. Self-editing isn’t a bad thing—until after your body of work is finished, that is. Oftentimes it slows your writing process down to a snail’s pace with indecision, self-doubt, and poor execution. I have given this advice to many of my authors when they are pushed up against a deadline and need to...

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Ask the Divas

Ask The Divas: What is a Manuscript Assessment and Why Do I Need One? A professional manuscript assessment is more than a critique of an author’s story. Sure, an assessment goes through the story, looking at plot, character development, pacing and rhythm, narrative and dialogue, not to mention countless other manuscript-driven items, but it also discusses more abstract topics like genre, point of view, tense...

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Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Different Perspectives We all like to stick with what we know and seldom write outside the box. Case in point, I like to write from a male perspective. My train of thought tends to lean more masculine and humored than feminine and soft. Writing in a female’s perspective throws me off, and I tend to sound more harpy and overly emotional. I feel...

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Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Taste Food, sex, emotion, and even bodily fluids (ew…but it happens) can be described by taste in writing as well as any of the other human senses. Oftentimes you can read how a character smells inciting another character, the way their velvety voice can melt the panites off of leading ladies, or how a simple touch can ignite a sparks the size of...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés It seems as though every writing website out there has something to say about stereotypes and clichés, but what’s the big deal? When stereotypes and clichés are used, authors simply have to define a character as a dumb jock or a nerdy bookworm, and they can get away without having to establish characterization because the stereotype has done all...

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Tips

The Five Ws of Writing   I’m sure many of you have already heard of the five Ws of writing (sometimes called the five Ws and one H): who, what, why, where, when, and how. These little words can be applied to a variety of tasks and professions from law enforcement to journalism. They come in quite handy in fiction writing as well. How many of...

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Writing Exercises

It’s always nice when the planets align and a big blog does an article on villains, 6 Ways to Write Better Bad Guys by Brian Klems, the exact same week I had planned a writing exercise centering on making your villain stronger. Villains have many names: adversary, antagonist, villain, bully, menace, evil genius, and so on. I enjoy books that have a character who plays the worthy adversary...

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