Tag: novel writing


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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Ask the Divas

I was asked today, “What are your biggest editing pet peeves?” Immediately, I thought of a myriad of things. But when I really got to thinking about it, there are just a few things I find grating, which can be addressed beforehand by authors.  The simplest mistakes an author will make are the most common and ultimately very annoying and redundant for editors. Not that...

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Writing Exercises

Today’s writing exercise is about using your senses. It ties into Tuesday’s writing prompt, which asked you to imagine the smell of freshly cut grass and then let that scent take hold of your imagination. Instead of a prompt, the exercise today is to use your senses to establish a scene so a reader can step in and see what you see, hear what you...

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Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Smell This week’s writing prompt focuses on one of the least used senses. Creativity can stem from any of the five senses, whether it’s the sight of a beautiful woman or the sound of a giggling child, but sometimes the most creative of scenes can arise from an everyday smell. Stop for a moment and take in the air around you—what are you...

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Articles

The Bad Review—Rising Above It It’s going to happen; someone will leave an unfavorable review. It could be a simple matter of differing tastes or something more elaborate—like cyber-bullying—but sooner or later, there’s bound to be a doozy with your name written all over it. And regardless of whether the review is deserved or not, your reaction speaks volumes  to your readers. Does that mean...

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Writing Exercises

In today’s writing exercise, write from a child’s perspective. It can sometimes be difficult to write from the eyes of a child. Many authors get caught up in capturing their dialogue or child speak and nothing else.  The real challenge is getting into the mindset of the child while maintaining a narrative that’s clear and concise. Here are a few ground rules for you: The...

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Articles

We have all done it. No, really; it’s okay to admit it. No one here will judge you. It’s a part of the writing process, like it or not.  All you have to do is say it out loud and admit it to yourself: My name is *insert name* and I have had revision angst problems for *insert a ungodly amount of time*. There, now...

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Tips

During the revision process of novel writing, you can quickly eliminate overused words and phrases once you know what some of these redundancies are. Please don’t feel ashamed if it has never occurred to you these words are unnecessary or overused; they plague the best of writers. The quick tip today is training the eye to recognize them so your work flows, it reads smoothly,...

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