Tag: author


Articles / On Genre

I love thrillers, so when we selected the genres we wanted to write about, I claimed this one immediately. From Homer’s Odyssey and Little Riding Hood to Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris and American Assassin by Vince Flynn, the thriller genre is one of the most popular in fiction books today. Books in this genre are designed to thrill readers, to keep the...

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Guest Post: Time Management for Indies by Jen Greyson Guest Posts

This week, I’m excited to bring our readers a guest post from author and blogger Jen Greyson. Time Management for Indies by Jen Greyson One of the things I learned with my first publishing contract was how well I write to deadlines. I’m a genius at leaving everything until the last 36 hours and then pulling college finals week-worthy all-nighters. Now that my deadlines are...

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Articles / Special

Authors Who Died in 2013   This year has been a difficult one. We have lost many wonderful authors whose contributions to the literary world will be sincerely missed. In today’s article we are remembering the authors who died in 2013. They may have passed on from this life, but have left their words with us to be remembered and carried in our hearts forever....

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Making Time To Write All writers have struggled with finding enough time to write. Some stress over it so much it hampers their work to the extent some form blocks or lose their muses. I’m all too familiar and can safely attest that many authors can agree with me. But the real question is: Is it beneficial to you as an author to...

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Articles / On Writing

Overuse of The Five Senses in Writing   I read a book a while back and came across a quirk in the writing that I had to weigh in on. The use of the five senses in writing when describing elements in a novel is a useful tool to bring dimension to a story… to a point. So often when a writer employs this device...

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On Writing

Break the Rules for Style Recently I had the pleasure of editing a high school senior’s college application essay. It’s been years since I’ve seen—or written—one of these, and I did a little research before making any changes to it. The last thing I wanted was to change anything that might affect his voice as a writer and the reaction his words would have on...

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Articles / On Writing

The five basic elements of plot are: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution These five elements are derived from Gustav Freytag’s pyramid-like analysis of dramatic structure, which consists of an exposition or beginning, a rising action, a climax or turning point, a falling action, and a resolution. Freytag, a nineteenth-century German playwright and novelist, developed this analysis to study the ancient Greek and Shakespearean dramas, but much...

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Articles / On Genre

I love historical fiction, whether it be a dramatization of real events, a what-if scenario, or a time travel. I have yet to find a well-written historical novel I didn’t liked. Now let me make myself clear. I like historical fiction. I’m not the scholarly type who dives into real history and vets out every minute detail of the era, unless I’m writing a novel....

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On Genre / Special

…and they lived happily ever after. Trite though it may sound, according to Romance Writers of America, a happy ending or “an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending” is one of only two requirements for a story to be classified under the Romance genre. In order to meet both requirements, the story must also revolve around the romantic relationship between the two main characters. The love...

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Recs

The Divas Recommend: How to (Almost) Instantly Improve Your Writing by Candace Johnson  Hello Diva followers! On this week’s The Divas Recommend, we bring you the fabulous blog Change It Up Editing, run by editor Candace Johnson. Change It Up Editing offers tips on writing and editing, but also on other aspects of your life as a writer, such as social media, self-publishing, networking, and more....

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