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Diva Recommend: Editing Pet Peeves by Laura Drake Nothing pleases me more than reading a book without many of my personal editing pet peeves. If anyone has read my reviews on my personal blog, The Flirty Reader, you would see in many of my reviews how I praise authors for mastering show vs. tell. This is my number one pet peeve when an author doesn’t understand how...

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Divas Recommend: Dialogue Tags: How to Kill Off Some of the Little Buggers by Sharla Rae Sharla Rae’s article, “Dialogue Tags: How to Kill Off Some of the Little Buggers,” is a good source for authors struggling with overuse or creative use of dialogue tags.  The article voices a lot about show vs. tell when writing your tags. Not all tags have to be verbal. Many authors forget...

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Guest Post: Grammar & Spelling by Z.B. Heller Guest Posts

  I’m so happy to share with our readers some witty words of wisdom from author Z.B. Heller. She’s one of our favorite people, and I’m thrilled she agreed to write this guest post for us.   Grammar & Spelling  By Z.B. Heller   Their was a farmer, who had a cow named bob. He was Black, and, White. Oh the pain! The horror! The grammatical...

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Articles / On Writing

Track Changes – The Basics   A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I discovered track changes in Microsoft Word. What a wonderful feature! It allows collaborators to make changes to a document while preserving the original until a change is made permanent. The best part is that each collaborator’s revisions and comments are tracked separately and appear in a different color....

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Recognizing the Patterns in Your Life   Time. We all need more of it, don’t we? It’s like the old saying goes: There’s just not enough hours in the day. And while that is true, there is no need to just give up the fight to find a bit more time to write or revise or promote. I just think you have to be savvy...

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Penned Con St. Louis 2014   This weekend the Divas all met in St. Louis, Missouri for the first annual Penned Con, an event for writers, readers, editors, stalkers, and book lovers. We had a wonderful time connecting with the authors. The convention offered many wonderful and informative panels and workshops. Best-selling author, Jasinda Wilder, was the keynote speaker, and Smashwords founder, Mark Coker, held...

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Divas Recommend: “Attention, Writer: Listen to Your Editor” by Courtney Cantrell   Being an editor is fun, but sometimes you’ve got to deliver news an author doesn’t want to—or can’t—accept. Editors can assure an author until they are hoarse that each suggested change is made to improve the overall manuscript, but ultimately it’s up to the author to trust that the editor knows what she’s...

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Articles / On Writing

Writing What You Know So we’ve all heard the old adage before—write what you know. Which is great if you’re a pirate, an alien, a billionaire, or a nineteenth-century courtesan. But what if you’re not? Well, you could still write what you know, but I can’t imagine anyone out there wants me to write a book about accounting. Unless it’s to be used as a...

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Divas Recommend: Trust Me, You Need A Good Editor by Rachelle Gardner   Of course the Divas can’t stress enough how much an author needs a good editor because it’s how we roll. Rachelle Gardner fills you in on the reasons why good editing is essential for every author. From indie to traditionally published and no matter what genre, quality editing is a solid and...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Speak Your Dialogue   Have you ever had one of those great writing moments when everything flowed out of you so fast you felt as though you were simply the stenographer sitting in a courtroom and doing your best to keep up with everything as it was thrown at you? Yeah, me neither. But for those who have, there comes that time when you go...

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