Tag: writing advice


Tips

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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Guest Post: Avoid Eyes That Crawl by Candace Johnson Guest Posts

This week, I’m excited to bring you an article from guest blogger Candace Johnson of Change It Up Editing. Avoid Eyes That Crawl and Other Wandering Body Parts in Your Writing by Candace Johnson Her eyes crawled around the room. His eyes combed her face. Her eyes became demented. Those eyes, those eyes, those beautiful eyes! The windows to the soul and all that . ....

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Guest Post: Writing Dialogue in Historical Fiction by Sandi Layne Guest Posts

I am thrilled to bring today’s guest post from author, Sandi Layne. Writing Dialogue in Historical Fiction ~ or ~ King Henry VIII Did Not Speak in Iambic Pentameter by Sandi Layne “Put me down,” I cried furiously. “Put me down! I don’t want to be Emperor. I refuse to be Emperor. Long live the Republic!” But they only laughed. “That’s a good one. He...

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Recs

The Divas Recommend: How to (Almost) Instantly Improve Your Writing by Candace Johnson  Hello Diva followers! On this week’s The Divas Recommend, we bring you the fabulous blog Change It Up Editing, run by editor Candace Johnson. Change It Up Editing offers tips on writing and editing, but also on other aspects of your life as a writer, such as social media, self-publishing, networking, and more....

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Tips

In Defense of the Semicolon If you’ve taken a creative writing class, read a how-to book on writing or been scolded by an editor, you’ve been told that semicolons do not belong in fiction writing. Perhaps a red pen has crossed through your semicolon, replacing it with a period and a capital letter, or maybe you’ve been told to rewrite and add a conjunction, instead....

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés It seems as though every writing website out there has something to say about stereotypes and clichés, but what’s the big deal? When stereotypes and clichés are used, authors simply have to define a character as a dumb jock or a nerdy bookworm, and they can get away without having to establish characterization because the stereotype has done all...

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Ask the Divas

This week, the question for Ask the Divas is What’s so bad about creative dialogue tags? To answer this question, we have to identify what a dialogue tag is and what purpose it serves. Then can we highlight creative dialogue tags and show why your efforts are better spent elsewhere. Dialogue tags are noun/verb pairings that attach to a line of dialogue—usually with a comma,...

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