Tag: opening scenes


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There was a moment of silence in the literary world this week when Elmore Leonard passed away on August 20, 2013 at the age of eighty-seven. Well known for his clean, direct narrative, he listed his now famous “10 Rules of Writing” in an article written for The New York Times in 2001. As an editor, lists like this make me happy—especially number three. But...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #2: Prologues and Epilogues   Welcome to part two of our series on Writing Pitfalls for New Authors. This week the Divas tackle the issue of prologues and epilogues and talk about when they are appropriate to use and when they are not. So you want to write a prologue or epilogue. Yeah . . . no. Don’t. Okay, okay . . . that’s...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #1: Lackluster Opening Scenes   Write Divas is pleased to present our twelve-part series, Writing Pitfalls for First Time Authors. In this series, the Divas will pinpoint the most common writing “mistakes” that will mark you as a first time author and help you avoid these pitfalls like a seasoned pro.     It was a dark, mundane, terribly clichéd, and stormy night… Opening scenes....

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