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Do I Need an Outline? If you’d asked me this question a few years ago, I would have said yes, you need one. Then I wrote a story as an exercise, I didn’t think about an outline until I was about halfway through, and the only reason I created an outline was so I didn’t forget what I wanted to do. Now when I say...

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Hyphenation Primer The small-dog show featured some of my favorite breeds. Isn’t quite the same as: Our community center is hosting a small dog show for friends and neighbors. Hyphenation matters. When two—or more, but mostly two—words come together to form a compound, there can be confusion about the hyphenation of terms. Certain terms are always hyphenated, like the numbers twenty-one through ninety-nine. And some terms are...

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Simultaneous Participial Phrases or You Can’t Do Those at the Same Time! Sipping her coffee, Laura told me about her day. If your first reaction is “Wait, what?” then you’ve caught on to the grammar gaffe that affects… well, just about all of us sooner or later.  Yes, it’s the dreaded non-simultaneous participial phrase. Better known as “You can’t do those at the same time.” Because...

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Quick Tips: Write Divas On Pinterest  Write Divas is on Pinterest! *throws confetti* This isn’t a new thing, though. We’ve actually been there for a while. Until recently we haven’t used Pinterest much. We weren’t perpetual pinners as we should be.  All of our pins  got neatly tucked away in a lacy, hand-stitched lap pillow embroidered with “keepsakes”  across the top, only to be thought...

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So, you’ve queried an agent or publisher with your manuscript and have been rejected. Unfortunately, they’ve provided little in the way of feedback about what you are doing wrong. What’s worse, the rejection came in the form of a canned letter. It can get a quite discouraging. After all, it’s not too much to ask for a reason for your rejection and little bit of...

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Quick Tip: Stop Self-Editing While Writing I’ll be blunt: Stop self-editing; it bites. Self-editing isn’t a bad thing—until after your body of work is finished, that is. Oftentimes it slows your writing process down to a snail’s pace with indecision, self-doubt, and poor execution. I have given this advice to many of my authors when they are pushed up against a deadline and need to...

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The Five Ws of Writing   I’m sure many of you have already heard of the five Ws of writing (sometimes called the five Ws and one H): who, what, why, where, when, and how. These little words can be applied to a variety of tasks and professions from law enforcement to journalism. They come in quite handy in fiction writing as well. How many of...

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How to Revise Mundane Content Today’s quick tip is a lesson in how to revise a scene that is overwhelmed with mundane content. Mundane content is a type of dull filler. It can be anything from boring scenes of everyday life to extraneous detail to humdrum descriptions. Mundane content acts a type camouflage, and it masks what’s really important in your book. It can hamper...

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Creating a book cover  is something many authors put on the back burner until after the book is written. The reasoning for this seems sound. I’ll have a clearer picture of the book when it’s done. The cover will reveal itself to me as I write. Do one thing at a time… write first. I must write the story before I start on cover design....

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As editors, we see typos on a regular basis. Some misspellings and grammar gaffes are quite common—I misspell the words and and the as adn and teh constantly because I type very fast and lead with my left hand. Homophone confusion is one of the most prevalent grammar mistakes found when editing—there, their, and they’re is one we see often, as well as to, too, and two confusion. Contextual spelling errors are sometimes...

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