Tag: novel writing


Articles / Commonly Confused

Commonly Confused: Complement and Compliment Today’s commonly confused pair is actually not so commonly confused, it just happened to be a pair I saw in something I was working on.  I’m a total word nerd, so I like understanding why we use certain words in one circumstance and certain words in another.  So I researched complement/complementary and compliment/complimentary. According to Merriam-Webster: Complement:  Noun—Something that fills...

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Articles / On Writing

Using Everyday Life to Improve Your Story If you’ve read any of my writing articles, you know I’m a huge proponent of writing what you know. Often authors try to write about topics, settings, or situations of which they have little or no working knowledge, and this can become shockingly clear within the first few pages. One of the ways to write what you know...

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Stop The Comparisons And Write Articles / On Writing

Stop the comparisons, stop trying to be the next big thing, and just write your book. Every day—several times a day, in fact—I see “What to read after ____” or “If you liked ___, you’ll love__,” and I must admit, I just shake my head. I get it—everyone wants to promote their book, wants it to be the next big thing, but my knee-jerk reaction...

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Articles / On Editing

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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Recs

Divas Recommend: This Month, We Write IN HELL—To NaNo or Not to NaNo  By Kristen Lamb   With National Novel Writing Month ready to begin in two days, I wondered how many authors I knew were accepting the challenge this year and how many were still sitting on the fence, uncertain of their ability to impose deadlines, much less meet them, and stick to the...

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Articles / On Writing

 Divas on Writing: Is Your Story Bloated? Raven’s iPhone rang, and she removed it from her pocket, swiped the screen from left to right, and glared at the unfamiliar number. Annoyed by the unidentified number, she tapped the green answer button to connect the call, put the phone to her ear, and prepared to give whoever it was a piece of her mind. One thing...

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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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Recs

Divas Recommend: Writing Secret: all you need is CURIOSITY and SURPRISE By Guy Bergstrom   I love when I come across a keeper phrase, and while looking for a writing article to recommend for the blog, I found this gem “Writing Secret: all you need is CURIOSITY and SURPRISE” by Guy Bergstrom at The Red Pen of Doom. While discussing what’s important in novel writing, Guy tells...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Author Emme Burton   Writing a realistic romance can be a quandary for many writers. Oftentimes authors pacify their readers rather than writing a romance that they feel fits their characters. Note to readers: Not all romances are happily ever afters or wrapped up in a neat bow. There are love triangles, break-ups, miscommunications… So how do you, as an author, write a...

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Articles / On Writing

Your Editor, Your Friend   This article has been mulling around in my head for a while now, and it wasn’t until today that I finally pulled together what my point actually was. I spent last weekend in St. Louis with the other divas at Penned Con 2014, and we had a fantastic time meeting a ton of writers and hanging out with some authors...

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