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2014 Writing Conferences (Short List)   Every year talented people put together wonderful events to educate aspiring writers and published authors about the ever-changing world of publishing and help them fine tune their craft. Because I can’t possibly put together a complete list (no matter how hard I try),  I’ve asked the Divas to recommend three writing conferences in their area. This article lists U....

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Articles / On Writing

Divas On Writing: But I Loooove Adverbs Every author has done it. It’s all right to come out and say it: I loooove adverbs. Heck, even as an editor I love them too. Adverbs are an easy way of explaining something without getting too wordy and usually it’s a quick fix to writing emotion in scenes. They make those pesky verbs look a little prettier....

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Guest Post: Dealing With Criticism by T.M. Franklin Guest Posts

I’m so excited about today’s guest blogger—she’s one of my favorite authors and favorite people. Today, the fabulous T.M. Franklin discusses dealing with criticism of your manuscript. Five Tips for Dealing with Criticism by T.M. Franklin You’ve come up with the idea, written the words, prettied and polished it up until it’s perfect, and then someone—an editor, reviewer, a blogger—says those words every author dreads....

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Articles / On Writing

How to Find a Writing Critique Group Not sure where to start your search for a writing critique group? This can be a scary thing for a writer who’s just starting out. The good news is, there are writing critique groups out there if you know where to look and what kind of group you want to join. Decide if you want to join an...

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Articles / On Editing

Manuscript Assessment A manuscript assessment has several names: assessment, critique, analysis, evaluation, etc. But what does it do? It is an editor’s evaluation of a story as a whole. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript to help the author find problem areas at an early stage in the writing and polishing process. The assessment looks at several areas that contribute to...

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Articles / On Writing

Keep it Simple, Silly!   KISS: Keep It Simple, Silly. That’s a cleaned-up version of a mantra most of us have heard time and time again. Keep it simple. And I’d never call anyone… well, you know. So silly works better for me. I find I use the word simplify rather often in my notes to authors, and it struck me that this could be...

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Articles / On Editing

It’s probably crazy that I’m excited to write about copy editing, but there you have it. I am a total editing geek, and I will mentally edit Facebook posts—my own as well as others’—tweets, blogs articles, books I’m reading… you get the point. I take my editing very personally, and I put everything I have into each manuscript I work on. I have been known to...

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Kathie's Corner

Reviews – How to Write One   Reviews for an author are like money in the bank. People read the reviews and will buy the book based on the words of other readers. Many writers are also readers. Not a surprise, right? While authors love to receive reviews, sometimes readers wonder what to say in a review. Recently, Lori King wrote a wonderful article on this subject. This picture from...

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Articles / On Writing

Creative Roadblocks: What keeps you from writing? As I look back on the past year, I am reminded that I didn’t write that novel I’d planned to get on paper. I wrote plenty for this site, and while I can count that as practicing my craft in a sense, it did not get me any closer to my goal to write a novel. So why didn’t...

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The Dreaded Mirror Scene Articles / On Writing

Not too long ago I read a book to review on my personal blog. This not-to-revealed book started out well enough. The writing was decent, the editing was *cough* passable, and the author was establishing the main female protagonist properly. Then within the first seven pages, there wasn’t just one mirror scene but two! I shook my head and closed the book. Two mirror scenes...

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