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Divas Recommend: Basic Plot Structure – The Five Plotting Moments That Matter by Amanda Patterson The hardest thing for some editors is to become writers. Yes, we write all the time. Hey, look! I’m writing now. But taking off the editor’s hat is so difficult, especially for me. Writing creative fiction has gone from typing blissfully away for hours and hours to headdesking over and...

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What Stops Me In My Tracks When I’m Reading? As I’ve said before, I read a lot. Not nearly as much as I’d like—and much of what I read is unpublished manuscripts—but there is little that makes me happier than relaxing with a book that whisks me away to an exciting new world, a future time, or a distant land. You see, the life of...

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Writing A Book According To Pinterest How many of you know that you can use Pinterest as a writing or editing resource tool? Before Write Divas starting pinning, I had no clue that anyone would find useful pins for writing. Hey, Pinterest is all about DIY things and recipes, right? Wrong. There is a ton of great articles, lists, diagrams, pictures, prompts, and writing exercises writers can...

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Divas on Writing: Steps to Revising your Manuscript   So you have had your manuscript edited. What was returned to you looked like a mix between Greek and hieroglyphics. Where in the world do you begin? Do you just jump in? Do you handle the small stuff first? Do you clear the underbrush so you can see the big picture? Well, there are a lot...

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Divas Recommend: 25 Things You Should Know About Antagonists by Chuck Wendig Chuck Wendig had delivered another killer article full of humor and really good writing advice. In his piece, 25 Things You Should Know About Antagonists, he takes you through some thought provoking insights when writing your antagonist. He looks at aspects of protagonists I haven’t imagined and I’m filing this away for future use. I...

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For the next two weeks, the Divas are going to break from our regularly scheduled programming by opening the vault of our past articles and recommending our favorite articles by the Divas. We hope you experience all the joys (and none of the annoys) of the holiday season and our favorite articles from Write Divas! Divas Recommend: It Takes a Village to Publish a Book...

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Divas Recommend: 10 Signs You’re Ignoring Constructive Criticism of Your Writing by Amy Spahn As an editor, it’s my job to give constructive criticism. It’s what I get paid to do. Along the way, I try to offer some praise for the elements of a story that work, but most of my feedback does not involve writing a sonnet extolling the virtues of a manuscript...

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Track Changes – Advanced   A few months ago, I started my series on Track Changes in Microsoft Word for anyone who was struggling with this feature. Hopefully, it has been of use to an author or two. This is article is my last installment in this series and it centers on the options available to you when using this tool. As authors and editors,...

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Keep it Consistent: Final Thoughts In this series on keeping things straight in the revision process, I’ve given a lot of focus to those things you should do before you ever put pen to paper, and they are an important part of the process. Yes, it’s a lot of upfront work, but it can save you countless hours in the end. That said, even the...

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Five Reasons To Hire A Professional Proofreader Proofreading involves a lot more than some might think. Reading a manuscript and correcting typos and punctuation is part of the process, but it’s certainly not all of it. The biggest responsibility of the proofreader is the understanding that she is the last editor to touch the manuscript before the author signs off on the edits.  And that’s...

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