Tag: writing


Animated Interview with Ray Bradbury Special

Animated Interview with Ray Bradbury A few weeks ago, I clicked on a link in a tweet from @Girl_Who_Reads to a 1972 recorded interview with Ray Bradbury that the creative folks from Blank on Blank animated. Lisa Potts and Chadd Coates interview Bradbury as he talks about being a dedicated madman, his romance with the planet Mars, his fear of driving, and being a writer....

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Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins Spotlights

Diva Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins Welcome to another edition of what’s Diva Lauren reading this week. Well, I have a treat for readers who like to take on a risque book. Or a risque topic, really. Cheating. Or not cheating. Allowed cheating… Just stay with me. Do you remember that 1993 movie Indecent Proposal starring Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Robert Redford? It’s based on the...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Nauseated and Nauseous   Conversation overheard between a snarky editor and her victi—er, author: “Ugh. All these changes! I swear you make me nauseous!” “I make you able to cause nausea? Sweet! I am all-powerful!” “No, jerk, you make me sick.” “Grammatically speaking, then, I make you nauseated.” “Fine. Whatever. You make me nauseated.” “Cool! Now I’m nauseous!” As far as grammar is concerned, the...

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Divas Rec: How To Cut The Filler and Tighten Your Book Recs

Divas Recommend: How To Cut The Filler and Tighten Your Book By Laura Carlson   In the article How to Cut the Filler and Tighten Your Book, Laura Carlson shares with us her tools on making your book as tight as can be. I have read many books where filler bogs down a story so much, I often find myself skimming large chunks of the...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Gimme More—Using Creative Narrative Instead of Dialogue Tags If you’ve read my series on dialogue tags—or if you know me, have met me, or have ever been in my general proximity—you’d know that I’m a student of the “Less is More” school of dialogue tags. I’m not a fan of creative dialogue tags, and I’m a firm believer that unless you have a room full...

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Articles / On Writing

Revising Mundane Content We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Don’t lie. Even best-selling authors fall victim to mundane content. It sneaks into our writing disguised as description and detail we think will add to our story when, in fact, it bogs it down. “But my descriptions are necessary to make my scenes fuller,” you say. Not all description is necessary and...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Storyboarding For the last couple of weeks, I have written about character, setting, and plot sheets. Today’s article isn’t so much a sheet but a close relative to it: a storyboard. Storyboarding your story can be done in a couple of different ways; it really depends on what you like. Storyboarding can help a writer who needs to better visualize the structure...

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Spotlight: B N Toler Spotlights

Diva Spotlight: B N Toler You all know I love reading romance by now, right? I thought so. Suffice it to say, if you’re not a romance fan of some magnitude, this spotlight business I do won’t be any use for you. But, and I mean a big but, this book I have just read by B N Toler, Where One Goes, is a book...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Dialogue Tags, Part II In my earlier article, Dialogue Tag Primer, we looked at the basics of punctuating dialogue tags, some commonly accepted rules to what constitutes a dialogue tag and what is a creative tag, and the challenge to generally use fewer tags in your writing. In this segment, we’ll talk more in depth about some other types of punctuation, how the placement of...

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Divas Rec: Can a Character’s Arc be a Subplot? Recs

Diva’s Recommend: Can A Character’s Arc Be A Subplot by K.M. Weiland   Did you know that a character’s arc can be a subplot? Well, heck ya, they can. I didn’t really know what this meant until I read the article by K.M Weiland. I just focused on the main plot too much to see that character subplots are just as important as the major...

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