Tag: Aspiring Authors


On Writing

Writing Pitfall #10: Rushed or Slow Pacing   Nothing can ruin a good story faster than rushed pacing. If you’ve ever read a story, stopped, and blinked, all the while thinking, “wait, what just happened here?” then you know what I mean. But just as bad as rushed pacing is a slow, lagging narrative. You know the kind—where you fight the urge to click the...

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Ask the Divas

Is it blond or blonde? This particular conundrum has been responsible for more than its fair share of grief with editing and writing. I will attempt to explain this as simply as possible. There are several schools of thought here. The traditional form would be to apply the words based on gender, blonde for women and blond for men. However, this is no longer politically correct and is...

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Diva Chat

As I corrected fourth grade spelling tests a few years ago at the local elementary school, I was struck by the teacher’s lesson on English. The lesson for the day was about adverbs, and while it was more about the purpose and correct usage of adverbs, it still hit a chord with me. The teacher went on to guide her students through some of the...

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Writing Prompts

As some of us celebrate the return of our offspring to the classroom—and others lament the return to said classroom—today’s writing prompt is called Back to School. Perhaps you’d like to write from the perspective of a kindergartner—fresh-faced and excited for her very first day of school. Or maybe you’re thinking about a more mature student—a teen’s first day as a senior, with all the...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #9: Overuse of Dialogue Tags   In today’s article we are going to discuss our ninth writing pitfall for first time authors, the overuse of dialogue tags. But what’s the big deal? Well, the problem with unnecessary dialogue tags is they eat up your word count and provide very little in return. Not every piece of dialogue needs a tag. Overuse of tags...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall # 8: Over Description of Characters and Development   Good character descriptions and details are the beginnings of any great novel. Of course you have the plot, but we’re not talking about that right now. Today, the focus of this article is how to develop your characters and use proper descriptions without info dumping on your readers with excessive information. Create a character...

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Tips

Networking sucks. Who wants to network? Author’s do, that’s who. Networking your book or your brand can help your book go from the bottom of the totem pole to the top. What author really loves networking, though? You would be hard-pressed to find any author who will cheerlead schmoozing as their favorite part of promotion. Although, if you want your book to gain the much...

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Articles

In today’s featured article, Diva Shay is going to pull from her background as an acquisitions editor and delve into how a lack of professionalism can keep you from being published. Rejection letters. Strange how two innocuous words such as these can make one shake in their proverbial boots. More often than not, a rejection letter consists of little substance beyond the indication that the...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #7: Over Description   One of the many pitfalls of writing is over description. We’ve heard the writing advice “describe what your see” or “paint the scene with words.” But sometimes too much is just… too much. The one thing over description does really well is slow a story down. But over description can do more than simply slow a story. Many times...

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Articles / Special

No awards for self-published authors… Friday I read an interesting article on Books Blog, a page on the The Guardian website, about the deliberate snubbing of self-published authors by the literary awards community. It seems that in order for self-published authors to receive an award for their work, they must first sign with a “proper publisher” so their book is no longer considered self-published. And yet, many...

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