Tag: writing advice


Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Stop Smiling!   Stop smiling! Or, more aptly, stop having your character smile all the time. He smiled. She smiled. I smiled. They smiled. I read it everywhere.  It’s the easiest way to show your character is happy. But are you really showing anything? There are variations on the theme, of course—mentions of lips turning up and grins breaking across faces, but it all...

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Articles / On Writing

Building a Relationship With Your Editor   You’ve finished your manuscript. It’s been tweaked and modified, and you’ve run it past three different pre-readers for comments and critiques. You’ve made your last series of changes, and you’re ready for editing. You’ve hired an editor… so now what? Now’s the time for you to begin building a relationship with your editor.     Trust: The most...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Quick Tips: Is it Much or Many?   When it comes to qualifiers, much and many are quite the troublemakers. Along with their friends little and few, and less and fewer, much and many are two commonly confused adjectives I see when editing. The question is how do you know when to use much and when to use many? It depends on the noun the...

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Articles / On Writing

 Writer’s Block Isn’t Just For Novelists Writer’s block. Two innocent words when used independently, but put them together and anyone who puts words to page will shudder. If you’ve spent any time at the Write Divas blog, you’ll recognize that we post articles every weekday—some are longer than others, but all involve some degree of writing. While some Divas are organized and have their articles...

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Articles / On Writing

The Benefits of an Open Mind   An open mind—the ability to see the world from limitless angles and viewpoints without passing judgment—is something that many strive toward. But how many of us can say we can say we’ve actually achieved it? I don’t think it’s a destination as much as it is a journey toward open-mindedness simply because I don’t think there’s a final...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: So You Want To Make A Living Writing? 13 Great Truths by Bob Mayer   If you’re a writer, I can only assume that—like me—you’ve sat at your desk and imagined the time when you could give up the day job and make writing a full-time job.  Can you make a living as a writer? What should you do and where should you focus your energy? How...

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Articles / On Writing

Writing What You Know So we’ve all heard the old adage before—write what you know. Which is great if you’re a pirate, an alien, a billionaire, or a nineteenth-century courtesan. But what if you’re not? Well, you could still write what you know, but I can’t imagine anyone out there wants me to write a book about accounting. Unless it’s to be used as a...

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Guest Post: Originality in Stories by Isabelle Peterson Guest Posts

Please welcome today’s Guest Blogger, author Isabelle Peterson, who’s here to talk about originality in stories. Originality in Stories by Isabelle Peterson   I hear it every day. “I read a book like that once.” And to that, I say, “So what?” That’s the brilliance of books. And movies and songs and every other artistic adventure. I could bore you with the various lists out...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Speak Your Dialogue   Have you ever had one of those great writing moments when everything flowed out of you so fast you felt as though you were simply the stenographer sitting in a courtroom and doing your best to keep up with everything as it was thrown at you? Yeah, me neither. But for those who have, there comes that time when you go...

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Recs

 Bad Writing: The Six Horsemen of the Writepocalypse by Guy Bergstrom   Today’s Divas Recommendation comes from the genius of Guy Bergstrom at Red Pen of Doom. Want to become a better writer? Learn from bad writing: how to spot it, how to fix it, and how to prevent the disease from happening in the first place. This was hands down the best thing I’ve...

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