Tag: writing


Ask the Divas

Is it blond or blonde? This particular conundrum has been responsible for more than its fair share of grief with editing and writing. I will attempt to explain this as simply as possible. There are several schools of thought here. The traditional form would be to apply the words based on gender, blonde for women and blond for men. However, this is no longer politically correct and is...

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Diva Chat

As I corrected fourth grade spelling tests a few years ago at the local elementary school, I was struck by the teacher’s lesson on English. The lesson for the day was about adverbs, and while it was more about the purpose and correct usage of adverbs, it still hit a chord with me. The teacher went on to guide her students through some of the...

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Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Smell This week’s writing prompt focuses on one of the least used senses. Creativity can stem from any of the five senses, whether it’s the sight of a beautiful woman or the sound of a giggling child, but sometimes the most creative of scenes can arise from an everyday smell. Stop for a moment and take in the air around you—what are you...

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Articles

The Bad Review—Rising Above It It’s going to happen; someone will leave an unfavorable review. It could be a simple matter of differing tastes or something more elaborate—like cyber-bullying—but sooner or later, there’s bound to be a doozy with your name written all over it. And regardless of whether the review is deserved or not, your reaction speaks volumes  to your readers. Does that mean...

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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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Tips

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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Writing Exercises

Writing exercises are good tools to help any author improve. This week’s exercise is designed to teach you to use only the adjectives you need. We’ve all heard the advice: Paint a picture with your words. Describe the scene. Be creative with your words… Many first time authors take this advice a little too far and over use adjectives when describing something, because let’s face...

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