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Articles / On Writing

What Raiders of the Lost Ark Taught Me About Storytelling   Earlier today, Raiders of the Lost Ark was on television. This was one of my all-time favorite movies when I was a kid. I still remember riding in the car with my family as we drove the thirty miles to the closest theater in Jerome, Idaho to see this movie for the first time. I was twelve years...

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Articles / On Editing

5 Ways to Cut the Wordiness in Your Manuscript   Have you received a rejection letter that says “Wordy!”? Has your editor asked you to cut some of the clutter? Do you want to streamline your submission to improve your chances of publication? Here are some quick tips that can help: 1. Search for phrases like started to, began to, headed to, decided to, reached...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Divas On Dialogue: Dialogue Punctuation   The are three ways to punctuate dialogue in your novel: the right way, the wrong way, and a mixture of the them both. Kind of confusing, huh? To some it can be. Do you use a comma or period with this tag, or do you capitalize the first word after the quotation? Talking about dialogue punctuation is one thing,...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: “Thought” Verbs We all use “thought” verbs in our daily speech and in our written works. Chuck Palahniuk gives out some very good advice on how “thought” verbs can be eliminated and in turn make you a better writer. Even if you will hate his guts. Check it out and let us know what you think. Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs  


Articles / On Editing

What to Do With Your First Draft   Congratulations! You’ve done something that most would-be writers have not—completed your novel. I can feel your satisfied grin from here. So now that you’ve finished that first draft, what should you do with it? If “Publish it now!” is your first thought, I want you to take a step away from your manuscript. In fact, you should...

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Articles / On Editing

Divas on Editing: Proofread When most people ask for a proofread, they expect their manuscript will get a once-over to fix errors and make sure it makes sense. But there’s a lot more to a proofread than simply catching typos and misspelled words. Proofreading is less about the content of the document and more about writing and typographical errors. And before you object, the answer...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: 3 Steps to Recycling Your Half-Finished Novels by Joe Bunting I love it when I come across an article that helps me make something useful out of one of my creations languishing away because of lack of interest or a creative roadblock. Joe Bunting’s article “3 Steps to Recycling Your Half-Finished Novels” found on the The Write Practice website is just such an...

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Articles / On Writing

The Benefits of a Style Sheet Some authors write according to an outline, and others have a less-organized series of events they want to describe. There are authors who write their scenes sequentially, no matter how great or small, and those who write major scenes first and minor scenes last. I’ve even known one writer who wrote all her sex scenes first—she said they were...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Shay Goodman Continuing our series on getting to know the Divas, today we’re sitting down with Shay Goodman, a brilliant editor, friend, and partner. Hello, Shay! Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you started in this wonderful world of editing? Well, honestly, I kind of tripped and fell into the publishing world. I’ve always had a love of...

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Use the Five C’s of Copy Editing When Writing Articles / On Writing

The Five C’s of Copy Editing—clear, correct, concise, comprehensive, and consistent—is what most editors strive for when editing a manuscript. Authors rely on editors to look for these things and help them see where they can improve. So I asked myself: Why use the Five C’s of Copy Editing when writing? Because these are elements authors can use to improve. Clarity Clichéd, idiomatic, vague and poetic...

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