Tag: novel writing


Guest Post: Originality in Stories by Isabelle Peterson Guest Posts

Please welcome today’s Guest Blogger, author Isabelle Peterson, who’s here to talk about originality in stories. Originality in Stories by Isabelle Peterson   I hear it every day. “I read a book like that once.” And to that, I say, “So what?” That’s the brilliance of books. And movies and songs and every other artistic adventure. I could bore you with the various lists out...

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 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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Divas Recommend: Intelligent Writing, Whether You’re Smart or Not I really liked this quick article about reading over your work. There are some good tips that all writers should use. I, myself, love to read my work out loud as suggested by Cat Woods in her article–sometimes in funny voices, but that’s for my own amusement. http://catwoodsblog.com/2012/02/15/intelligent-writing-whether-youre-smart-or-not/


Guest Post: Series Books in a Cliffhanger World by Lisa N. Paul Guest Posts

Today’s guest blogger is author Lisa N. Paul, who talks about her love of series books, something that is near and dear to my little series-loving heart! Explaining Series Books in a Cliffhanger World by Lisa N. Paul I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little girl—as far back as I can remember. And while I would read anything and everything I could...

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Divas Recommend: Twelve Things About Writers by Tammara Webber ~oOo~ Sometimes blog posts make me giggle insanely, especially when they point out all the things writers and editors have in common! For today’s Divas Recommend, author Tammara Webber shares a few things about writers. Check it out – Twelve Things About Writers.  


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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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: How to Spot Your Tic We all have them, those nasty buggers that can suck the lifeblood out of your manuscript. The writer’s tic. Most times you don’t even see the tic until someone points it out, most likely your editor or pre-reader. You feel embarrassed, stupid, and scolded like a naughty child after your manuscript is ripped to bits because of...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Book Inspiration Many authors have been through it: missing their inspiration. Or more accurately, losing their inspirations. Getting the plot bunny, the excitement of starting a new story, and creating fresh characters are all great things when you first start your book, but when it comes to writing the actual words, something doesn’t always pan out. Is it your muse that simply isn’t...

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Articles / On Editing

5 Ways to Cut the Wordiness in Your Manuscript   Have you received a rejection letter that says “Wordy!”? Has your editor asked you to cut some of the clutter? Do you want to streamline your submission to improve your chances of publication? Here are some quick tips that can help: 1. Search for phrases like started to, began to, headed to, decided to, reached...

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