Tag: Jen Matera


Recs

Divas Recommend: Writing What You Know by Jen Matera   I can never get enough of reading Diva Jen’s articles. Not only does she balance a clever wit with the tone of the pieces but she is incredibly informative at the same time. Her article Writing What You Know is one of those articles you need to bookmark and come back to. Check it out and...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: Don’t Use Five-Dollar Words by Jen Matera This year we decided to share our favorite articles by our fellow Divas. For me, I just love this humorous look at Don’t Use a Five-Dollar Words by Jen Matera. Serious, egad! The curse of the five-dollar words. You see them everywhere–articles on the Net, your favorite guilty pleasure read, roadside signs that leave you scratching...

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Guest Post: Juggling Creativity, Careers, and Family by Jen Matera Guest Posts

Surprise! For a moment I’m stepping out of my role as Diva; today I’m a writer who juggles many responsibilities while struggling to maintain some normalcy in my life, my careers, and the lives of my family. Sound familiar? I’m sure there are countless working moms who just happen to be authors just like me who know what I’m saying. And if you’re anything like...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Jen Matera Since I’ve been doing interviews for this blog, I have talked to graphic artists, public relations gurus,  marketers, authors, and readers to get their personal views on topics ranging from strong women in fiction to how effective social media is to an author. But I left out a vital interview: US! So please welcome to her first Diva interview,...

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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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Diva Chat

Divas Picks for Best Reads of 2013   I challenged the divas to give me their personal picks for favorite book they read in 2013. With so many books and even less time to read, this was a difficult task. I wasn’t just looking for good book recommendations. I wanted their favorite, the book that stood out to them above everything else they’d read that...

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Tips

Hyphenation Primer The small-dog show featured some of my favorite breeds. Isn’t quite the same as: Our community center is hosting a small dog show for friends and neighbors. Hyphenation matters. When two—or more, but mostly two—words come together to form a compound, there can be confusion about the hyphenation of terms. Certain terms are always hyphenated, like the numbers twenty-one through ninety-nine. And some terms are...

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On Genre / Special

Young Adult Fiction isn’t just for young adults anymore. But to be honest, was it ever? An estimated fifty-five percent of all YA books are sold to readers over the age of eighteen. With the popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy (to name a few), more and...

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