Tag: Mary Sue


Articles / On Writing

Do you have a gifted character that knows what everyone around her thinks or feels? Is she making the other characters in your book uncomfortable with her uncanny insights? If so, you just might have a mind reader on your hands, and I’m not talking about the sparkly vampire variety, either. I mean, think about it… How creepy would it be to be around a...

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Writing Exercises

Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts   Welcome to the Write Divas Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts! This week’s writing exercise challenges you to overuse every writing crutch you can think of to help recognize these items in your writing. Write the most cliched scene ever. Include Mary Sues, idiomatic phrasing, and overused writing tropes. What crutches do you use? How can you revise things to...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Issues with the First Person Perspective   I have to admit that I’m a fan of the first person narrative perspective, but it has its problems. So if you are planning to pen your upcoming masterpiece in the first person perspective, there are several things that you’ll need to look out for. Mind reading The first and biggest issue I see as...

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Articles / On Writing

Featured Article: The Power of Kindness   Recently I had the privilege of reading Justine Musk’s article on niceness versus kindness. This was a subject that was close to my heart without me realizing that it was. See, about five years ago I went through a metamorphosis that left the former me in a shallow grave out in the woods somewhere. What happened, you ask....

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Articles / On Writing

Real Character Flaws We’ve all heard the old adage “no one’s perfect,” right? Let’s consider the flip side of this coin. What if everyone was perfect? Can you imagine it? A perfect world where everything goes your way and everyone is the absolute ideal? There are no struggles, nothing unexpected happens, and life is just perfect. Sounds great, right? Not really. There is a downside. Without struggles...

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Articles / On Writing

Today, we are going to talk about the evolving nature of the much beloved loathed character staple, the Mary Sue. So what is a Mary Sue exactly? There are several definitions of a Mary Sue and even several versions of a Mary Sue. She’s a character of many faces. A Mary Sue can be anything from an idealized and innocent yet sexy version a female (sometimes...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #6: Mary Sue   As a first-time author, the level of relief and accomplishment matches only your excitement when you turn in your manuscript after weeks and months of writing. So imagine for a moment that your editor returns it with a big, red note on it that says “Get rid of Mary Sue!” Your first reaction, like any new writer, is probably...

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