Tag: Aspiring Authors


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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Ask the Divas

This week, the question for Ask the Divas is What’s so bad about creative dialogue tags? To answer this question, we have to identify what a dialogue tag is and what purpose it serves. Then can we highlight creative dialogue tags and show why your efforts are better spent elsewhere. Dialogue tags are noun/verb pairings that attach to a line of dialogue—usually with a comma,...

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Writing Exercises

The writing exercise this week is… weave a supernatural ability into your characters.   Give your female or male protagonist a supernatural ability which doesn’t include your character becoming something paranormal like a vampire or werewolf. The trait must be something they are born with and has to live with on a daily basis. Also the trait must be uncontrollable, meaning that your character can’t...

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Writing Prompts

Today we decided to mix up our usual offering of the weekly writing prompt with a video. Writers have been inspired by music for years. Many authors love to share the playlists they listened to while writing their books. One note, one lyric can create a multitude of creativity for anyone. Write a music themed short story based on Grace Potter and The Nocturnals Stars.


On Writing

Writing Pitfall #3: Flashbacks   Literary flashbacks (analepses), and to a lesser extent flashforwards (prolepses), are the bane of many an editor. Why? Mostly because of misuse by authors who don’t understand when, why, and how to use these tools effectively. A flashback does one thing well. It halts the forward momentum of the story in the present in order to visit something that has...

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Tips

Creating a book cover  is something many authors put on the back burner until after the book is written. The reasoning for this seems sound. I’ll have a clearer picture of the book when it’s done. The cover will reveal itself to me as I write. Do one thing at a time… write first. I must write the story before I start on cover design....

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Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: what do you see? A giant moth, an alien from another planet, a prehistoric bug, a spider with wings, a beautiful creation of nature, a lamppost under siege… Let your creativity flow and write a flash fiction of 200 words or less. If you feel like sharing, please post your story in the comments section below. I’d love to read it.   Additional...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #2: Prologues and Epilogues   Welcome to part two of our series on Writing Pitfalls for New Authors. This week the Divas tackle the issue of prologues and epilogues and talk about when they are appropriate to use and when they are not. So you want to write a prologue or epilogue. Yeah . . . no. Don’t. Okay, okay . . . that’s...

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Writing Prompts

In honor of the Fourth of July, our first word prompt is Patriotic. Use your imagination—what does the word make you think, feel, hear, see? For me, the word evokes a childhood memory of a marching band playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” as the parade passed by along our small town’s main street. Feel free to leave your results in the comments below. Additional Writing...

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