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Quick Tips: Playlists What gets the muse going better than music? Besides having a cup of coffee on hand, music is another must that authors rely on while they are in the throes of writing their latest masterpieces. The choice of tunes is really the author’s own, but many authors make their playlists available to their readers or for other authors to use. All you...

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Use the Five C’s of Copy Editing When Writing Articles / On Writing

The Five C’s of Copy Editing—clear, correct, concise, comprehensive, and consistent—is what most editors strive for when editing a manuscript. Authors rely on editors to look for these things and help them see where they can improve. So I asked myself: Why use the Five C’s of Copy Editing when writing? Because these are elements authors can use to improve. Clarity Clichéd, idiomatic, vague and poetic...

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Articles / On Editing

Manuscript Assessment A manuscript assessment has several names: assessment, critique, analysis, evaluation, etc. But what does it do? It is an editor’s evaluation of a story as a whole. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript to help the author find problem areas at an early stage in the writing and polishing process. The assessment looks at several areas that contribute to...

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Recs

  Divas Recommend: Choices and Crises Show True Character by Becca Puglisi   I came across this article “Choices and Crises Show True Character” by Becca Puglsi a week ago and wanted to share. I enjoyed Becca discussion on character development and that a person or character never shows his or her true self until faced with a crisis. Enjoy the article and let Becca or Write Divas know what...

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Quick Tips: Don’t Beat Yourself Up The quick tip today is going to be very quick—a sort of pep talk—and straight to the point: Don’t beat yourself up. Just stop it. You’re better than this. Whether you’re experiencing stress while writing, editing, or marketing your book don’t let the process control you. Take a step back and keep your goals in perspective. Writing This is...

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Kathie's Corner

Reviews – How to Write One   Reviews for an author are like money in the bank. People read the reviews and will buy the book based on the words of other readers. Many writers are also readers. Not a surprise, right? While authors love to receive reviews, sometimes readers wonder what to say in a review. Recently, Lori King wrote a wonderful article on this subject. This picture from...

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Articles / On Writing

Creative Roadblocks: What keeps you from writing? As I look back on the past year, I am reminded that I didn’t write that novel I’d planned to get on paper. I wrote plenty for this site, and while I can count that as practicing my craft in a sense, it did not get me any closer to my goal to write a novel. So why didn’t...

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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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Tips

The Right Write Tools …to get the job done! So you want to be a writer, or maybe you’ve already jumped onto the writing universe with both feet. Do you have the right tools? There are tons of books, pamphlets, white papers, blogs, and guides on how to be a better writer, how to write better characters, how to get an agent to notice your...

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Articles / On Writing

The five basic elements of plot are: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution These five elements are derived from Gustav Freytag’s pyramid-like analysis of dramatic structure, which consists of an exposition or beginning, a rising action, a climax or turning point, a falling action, and a resolution. Freytag, a nineteenth-century German playwright and novelist, developed this analysis to study the ancient Greek and Shakespearean dramas, but much...

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