Tag: editing


Recs

 Bad Writing: The Six Horsemen of the Writepocalypse by Guy Bergstrom   Today’s Divas Recommendation comes from the genius of Guy Bergstrom at Red Pen of Doom. Want to become a better writer? Learn from bad writing: how to spot it, how to fix it, and how to prevent the disease from happening in the first place. This was hands down the best thing I’ve...

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Articles / On Editing

When to Hire an Editor Now that you have your manuscript written, you’ve revised it and handed it out to people who gave you their honest opinion, and then revised and polished it some more… it’s time for the final stages so you can publish your creation for everyone to read. You can see the end in sight, the light at the end of the...

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Articles / On Writing

Indirect and Direct Action in Your Writing   Something I’ve noticed more and more as I read—and edit—is the use of what I’ll call indirect action, for lack of a formal title. What I mean is the kind of writing where the sentence is formatted so that the action lies at the feet of the observer instead of the actor. A few examples of what...

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Articles / Diva Chat

Diva Chat: Should there be minimum publishing standards for self-published authors This week’s Diva chat topic: a straightforward question that speaks for itself. With so many indie authors flooding the publishing scene daily, readers are treated to a wide variety of new and interesting books. But there are some doozies that pop up more times than not. The topic of the chat today addresses if we...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: It’s Not A Race   Recently I got into a Facebook discussion with two great authors. One question posed was how some authors seem to write and publish a book in the blink of an eye. This spurred questions about if the authors speed in writing equates to lower quality books and does such quick turnaround time for these published books mean that...

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Articles / On Writing

Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone   In writing, like in any other part of our lives, we can find ourselves doing the same thing, the same way, over and over. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing; there are many processes in day-to-day life that are much better if done systematically—socks before shoes and brushing after meals, you know what I mean. But there...

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If you hang out with the Divas for a little while, you’ll discover quite quickly we all love Candace Johnson of Change it Up Editing. So today we are recommending her fantastic article How to Survive “The Shock” : Your First Round of Editing. In this article, she offers solid tips on how to receive an edit and work with an editor. We highly recommend...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Janine Savage Today we are continuing the Diva interview series and talking to Write Diva CEO Janine Savage. She’s the driving force behind the Divas. But what makes her tick? Let’s find out! It’s tough raising a family and working, how do you balance your time between family and editing/reading? Having it all is tough. Honestly, I’m still learning how to...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas On Writing: Why Can’t I Trust Spell Check? As an editor, I have open on my web browser Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, and the Urban Dictionary at all times while I work. I cross-check each site when I’m stumped on a word, the usage, or if it’s hyphenated. I really hate those hyphenated words.  Oftentimes, authors use the same steps I just listed above when writing....

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Articles / On Writing

The Benefits of a Style Sheet Some authors write according to an outline, and others have a less-organized series of events they want to describe. There are authors who write their scenes sequentially, no matter how great or small, and those who write major scenes first and minor scenes last. I’ve even known one writer who wrote all her sex scenes first—she said they were...

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