Tag: novel writing


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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On Genre

Divas On Genre: Dystopian The dystopian genre has come into its own in recent years. Often a mixture of post-apocalyptic, science fiction and sometimes paranormal, the dystopian genre is the portrayal of any given society outside of the norm in the future after a catastrophic event that either destroys life as we know it or alters it so much that it’s a shell of its...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis You’ve have written your novel and now it’s time for you to query a publishing house. Having a synopsis is vital for submissions. But how long or how short should it be? What should you include? How can you make your synopsis effective and noticeable? Check out this article from Writer’s Digest to help answer these...

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On Genre

Divas On Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural What is the paranormal genre to you? To me it involves anything to do with non-human beings or characters who have non-human like abilities such as telekinesis and other powers usually within a single person or grouping of people. Like for instance vampires, demons, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, witches, warlocks, aliens, and superhero types. But this isn’t what drives the genre, adding...

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Tips

Quick Tips: Friends And Family Don’t Know It All Here’s the scenario: You worked for weeks, maybe months on your baby–your first novel. You know you have the perfect plot, the perfect characters, the perfect premise, and it’s all perfectly perfect. You agonized over editing, cutting the bits your loved, adding more bits you didn’t know you needed, and making it all shiny and pretty....

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Articles / On Writing

The five basic elements of plot are: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution These five elements are derived from Gustav Freytag’s pyramid-like analysis of dramatic structure, which consists of an exposition or beginning, a rising action, a climax or turning point, a falling action, and a resolution. Freytag, a nineteenth-century German playwright and novelist, developed this analysis to study the ancient Greek and Shakespearean dramas, but much...

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On Genre / Special

Special Feature On Genre: New Adult If you had to name the hottest genre in fiction today, it would be New Adult. The New Adult genre has burst onto the scene like gangbusters. With such New Adult authors like Jamie McGuire, Tammara Webber, Cora Carmack, J. Lynn, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, and Jessica Sorensen to name just a few, these authors have found great success...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: With NaNoWriMo starting tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow! Get your juicy plots ready. Here is a nice article by Leo Babauta about writing a novel in thirty days. Some of these tips are very helpful. Check it out! How To Write A Novel In 30 Days Good luck for those participating in NaNoWriMo!! Oh ya, it’s Halloween. Boo!  


Articles / On Genre

I love historical fiction, whether it be a dramatization of real events, a what-if scenario, or a time travel. I have yet to find a well-written historical novel I didn’t liked. Now let me make myself clear. I like historical fiction. I’m not the scholarly type who dives into real history and vets out every minute detail of the era, unless I’m writing a novel....

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On Writing

Divas On Writing: Why Do Women Love Alpha Males In Romance? The question has been asked before many times: Why do women love alpha males so much? Good question, I say. One I have even asked myself from time to time. Given our day and age, many women (myself included) would rather drink gasoline then have a man tell her what to do. But when...

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