Tag: perspective


Articles / On Writing

Let’s Talk about Sex and Perspective   There are manifold ways in which a sex scene can go wrong. Hello, disembodied motion, I’m looking at you! It can become unbalanced by focusing on one aspect too much. When readers and editors start complaining about robotic scenes this is the problem. It may be unrealistic (Welcome to the Virgin Extreme Sex Olympics!) or rushed (It’s over?...

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Writing Exercises: A Tale of Two Perspectives Writing Exercises

Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts   Welcome to the Write Divas Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts! This week’s writing exercise explores the perspectives of the present and the past. Write a scene from the perspective of two characters. One is from modern times and one is from the time period of your choosing. Use authentic language for each time period. What will you do with...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Third Person Narrative Perspectives Today we are going to discuss the differences between omniscient and limited third person narrative perspectives. I believe that every writer needs to have a good handle on narrative perspective before they put pen to paper. Not having such will lead to a narration that is all over the map. What you want is consistency in narrative tone...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Author Shay Savage If you’re reading this blog, you probably read a lot of books like me. I’ll be honest, most of the genres I gravitate toward incorporate some sort of romance or erotic themes. It could be suspense, mystery, thriller, western, what have you, as long as I get a good romance out of it, I’m good to go. I especially love...

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Articles / On Writing

Featured Article: Redundant Perspectives   Redundancy can be a real killer in your story—and not in the good way. Whether it is stating the obvious, showing and then telling, defining character actions, or worst of the worst, replaying a scene from a different point of view. This type of redundancy can happen in story or in a second story that retells the events of the...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Issues with the First Person Perspective   I have to admit that I’m a fan of the first person narrative perspective, but it has its problems. So if you are planning to pen your upcoming masterpiece in the first person perspective, there are several things that you’ll need to look out for. Mind reading The first and biggest issue I see as...

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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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Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Different Perspectives We all like to stick with what we know and seldom write outside the box. Case in point, I like to write from a male perspective. My train of thought tends to lean more masculine and humored than feminine and soft. Writing in a female’s perspective throws me off, and I tend to sound more harpy and overly emotional. I feel...

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Writing Prompts

As some of us celebrate the return of our offspring to the classroom—and others lament the return to said classroom—today’s writing prompt is called Back to School. Perhaps you’d like to write from the perspective of a kindergartner—fresh-faced and excited for her very first day of school. Or maybe you’re thinking about a more mature student—a teen’s first day as a senior, with all the...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #5: Head Hopping   In today’s article, #5 in our series on writing pitfalls for new authors, we will deal with head hopping. Head hopping stems from a lack of understanding of third person perspectives. To properly understand head hopping, we must first review the different types of point of view (POV). Like the first person POV, third person limited is a close perspective that...

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