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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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How to Write a Love Scene An Editor’s View Fewer things in writing are as daunting as creating a love scene. There’s no step-by-step guide or tried and true method for guaranteed success—not only that, but writing a love scene can be a very personal expression of the author’s self. For the purposes of this article, I will address mainstream romance, not erotica. According to...

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Plot and Genre What’s the difference? A plot is a sequence of events that make up a story. It has a beginning, middle, and end. Sounds simple enough, right? Author E. M. Forester illustrated this with a simple comparison. Take a basic story, such as, “The king died and then the queen died.”  We don’t have much of a plot, certainly not one that would...

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Divas On Writing: Why Do Women Love Alpha Males In Romance? The question has been asked before many times: Why do women love alpha males so much? Good question, I say. One I have even asked myself from time to time. Given our day and age, many women (myself included) would rather drink gasoline then have a man tell her what to do. But when...

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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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Brand Name Dropping Are name brands necessary in fiction? Everyday name brands like Coke and Kleenex have made their way into all kinds of fiction, and most readers don’t blink an eye when one appears. The focus for today is the more exclusive name brands and their use in fiction. Generally speaking, they’re not necessary. Of course, if the name brand is pivotal to your...

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Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory   Wikipedia mashed together two great definitions of backstory: “A backstory, background story, back-story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding—and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.” What does that mean to you the writer? To me, it means in order to completely...

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Ask the Divas

Ask The Divas: What is a Manuscript Assessment and Why Do I Need One? A professional manuscript assessment is more than a critique of an author’s story. Sure, an assessment goes through the story, looking at plot, character development, pacing and rhythm, narrative and dialogue, not to mention countless other manuscript-driven items, but it also discusses more abstract topics like genre, point of view, tense...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés It seems as though every writing website out there has something to say about stereotypes and clichés, but what’s the big deal? When stereotypes and clichés are used, authors simply have to define a character as a dumb jock or a nerdy bookworm, and they can get away without having to establish characterization because the stereotype has done all...

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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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