Tag: writing


Articles / On Writing

Shay’s Top 4 Most Helpful Articles on the Craft of Writing and Author Life   There are a lot of articles out there on the craft of writing and being an author, and some are better than others. Like most editors, I have my favorites. The articles that I just enjoy or the ones that I recommend again and again to authors. So today, I’m...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Knowing When To Step Away   Writing a book is hard work. I know this as an editor and as an author. I have written about a bajillion words (okay, not a bajillion, but many, many hundreds of thousands of words) on my own stories, blog posts, reviews, articles, etc. So it’s safe to say I know the amount of blood, sweat, and...

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Articles / On Editing

How to Revise a Manuscript   Congratulations! You’ve completed your novel. All the words are out of your head and typed up neatly in your word processing program. So by show of hands, how many of you then send it to the proofreader, editor, or bestie who reads all your stuff and then publish it? Don’t be shy. I want to see those hands. No,...

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Writing Prompts

Featured Writing Prompts & Exercises   Welcome to the Write Divas Featured Writing Prompts & Exercises! This week’s writing exercise is a bittersweet scenario of a widow on the day of her daughter’s wedding. As expected, this has the potential for an emotional scene. The question is, what twist will you use to take this scene in an unexpected direction to keep your readers on...

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Giving Your Characters A Little Umph Articles / On Writing

You have done it, you wrote a book. Yay! The tough part is over. Well, not really. You have revising, editing, more editing, revising, editing… You get my point. Okay, rewind a bit. I tend to do on tangents when I get excited. You have done it, you wrote a book. Yay! But when you go back and reread and hopefully revise what you wrote,...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Short vs. Long Stories   More and more authors are writing short stories as a way to introduce themselves in the world of independent publishing. It’s a simpler and less time intensive way to make a name for yourself and create a fan base. Short stories can range in length from as little as ten to fifty thousand words. But the range...

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Articles / On Writing

CREATIVE EXHAUSTION Last month, I wrote about overstaging. In it I covered the propensity for new authors to over direct their descriptions, settings, characters, and plots. This over directing can lead to a whole host of problems, which we will cover in part here. Overstaging is a progressive trap. It begins with an author who keeps an iron-clad grip on their novel, characters, and plot....

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: It’s Not A Race   Recently I got into a Facebook discussion with two great authors. One question posed was how some authors seem to write and publish a book in the blink of an eye. This spurred questions about if the authors speed in writing equates to lower quality books and does such quick turnaround time for these published books mean that...

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Articles / On Writing

Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone   In writing, like in any other part of our lives, we can find ourselves doing the same thing, the same way, over and over. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing; there are many processes in day-to-day life that are much better if done systematically—socks before shoes and brushing after meals, you know what I mean. But there...

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Guest Post: Parenthood by M.C. Cerny Guest Posts

Today’s guest blogger is author M.C. Cerny, who talks about explaining her book to her smallest fan. Parenthood by M.C. Cerny So have you told your kids you write trashy romance novels yet? My journey as an author is still in its infancy but I am often asked about my writing and what I tell my family. I had enough trouble explaining to my partner...

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