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Writing Pitfall #9: Overuse of Dialogue Tags

Writing Pitfall #9: Overuse of Dialogue Tags

Writing Pitfall #9: Overuse of Dialogue Tags In today’s article we are going to discuss our ninth writing pitfall for first time authors, the overuse of dialogue tags. But what’s the big deal? Well, the problem with unnecessary dialogue tags is they eat up your word count and provide very little in return. Not every piece of dialogue needs a tag. Overuse of tags inhibits your ability to dig deeply into a scene and into the motivations … Read entire article »

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All You Need To Know About Proofreading

All You Need To Know About Proofreading

All You Need To Know About Proofreading By Janine Savage. Reposted with permission from Write Divas   When most people ask for a proofread, they expect their manuscript will get a once-over to fix errors and make sure it makes sense. But there’s a lot more to a proofread than simply catching typos and misspelled words. Proofreading is less about the content of the document and more about writing and typographical errors. And before you object, the answer … Read entire article »

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Writing Pitfall # 8: Over Description of Characters and Development

Writing Pitfall # 8: Over Description of Characters and Development

Writing Pitfall # 8: Over Description of Characters and Development Reposted with permission from Write Divas Good character descriptions and details are the beginnings of any great novel. Of course you have the plot, but we’re not talking about that right now. Today, the focus of this article is how to develop your characters and use proper descriptions without info dumping on your readers with excessive information. Create a character profile or worksheet. This is where you keep all … Read entire article »

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All You Need To Know About Line Editing

All You Need To Know About Line Editing

All You Need To Know About Line Editing By Jen Matera.  Reposted with permission from Write Divas When I saw that I was writing an article about line editing, I laughed out loud. And then I panicked. Line editing has been a sort of abstract concept to me, something in the periphery that I never quite understood. For me, editing started out as a very definitive exercise; my first editing experience was beta reading for a friend, and I … Read entire article »

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Writing Pitfall #7: Over Description #writing #writers #amwriting

Writing Pitfall #7: Over Description #writing #writers #amwriting

Writing Pitfall #7: Over Description Reposted with permission from Write Divas   One of the many pitfalls of writing is over description. We’ve heard the writing advice “describe what your see” or “paint the scene with words.” But sometimes too much is just… too much. The one thing over description does really well is slow a story down. But over description can do more than simply slow a story. Many times it can bring the forward momentum to a … Read entire article »

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