Tag: writing


Articles / On Writing

 Writer’s Block Isn’t Just For Novelists Writer’s block. Two innocent words when used independently, but put them together and anyone who puts words to page will shudder. If you’ve spent any time at the Write Divas blog, you’ll recognize that we post articles every weekday—some are longer than others, but all involve some degree of writing. While some Divas are organized and have their articles...

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Recs

I’m plotting out a short story right now and I’ve found it difficult to get a good grip on the development of my characters. I tend to be overly descriptive and not keep it simple. Diva Jen wrote a great article on keeping it simple, make sure to check that out, too. This recommend has a series of links to other articles about character development...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Character Voice   Do all your characters sound the same, use the same catch phrases, the same endearments? Is everyone snarky, timid or formal? Developing a distinctive voice for each character takes work. But if it’s done right, it can add depth to your characters and layers to your story. There are many things that can influence the way people sound, and...

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Articles / On Writing

The Benefits of an Open Mind   An open mind—the ability to see the world from limitless angles and viewpoints without passing judgment—is something that many strive toward. But how many of us can say we can say we’ve actually achieved it? I don’t think it’s a destination as much as it is a journey toward open-mindedness simply because I don’t think there’s a final...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Author Z. B. Heller   I thought a good interview series would be talking to different authors who write in a variety genres. Romance, mystery, coming of age, sci-fi, horror, etc. The Divas work primarily with independent authors, so there is a large pool to interview from. Today’s interview we’re talking to Z. B. Heller. She writes women’s fiction/literature but it’s largely humor...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Start From The End   I was talking to an author today about overcoming mental blocks. Every author feels these mental blocks while writing from time to time. Sometimes it’s because they haven’t written out a detailed outline or no outline at all. Maybe they are comparing themselves to other authors they see on social media who can pump books out the wazoo...

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Guest Post: Originality in Stories by Isabelle Peterson Guest Posts

Please welcome today’s Guest Blogger, author Isabelle Peterson, who’s here to talk about originality in stories. Originality in Stories by Isabelle Peterson   I hear it every day. “I read a book like that once.” And to that, I say, “So what?” That’s the brilliance of books. And movies and songs and every other artistic adventure. I could bore you with the various lists out...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tip: Hindrances to Developing Your Writing Talent In today’s article I wanted to discuss those things that hinder our ability to improve our writing. While practice is key to becoming a better writer, I’ve found that there are certain attitudes that can do much to keep us from reaching our full potential. And I think these are the things that keep a good writer...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Speak Your Dialogue   Have you ever had one of those great writing moments when everything flowed out of you so fast you felt as though you were simply the stenographer sitting in a courtroom and doing your best to keep up with everything as it was thrown at you? Yeah, me neither. But for those who have, there comes that time when you go...

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Recs

 Bad Writing: The Six Horsemen of the Writepocalypse by Guy Bergstrom   Today’s Divas Recommendation comes from the genius of Guy Bergstrom at Red Pen of Doom. Want to become a better writer? Learn from bad writing: how to spot it, how to fix it, and how to prevent the disease from happening in the first place. This was hands down the best thing I’ve...

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