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Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory

Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory

Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory Reposted with permission from Write Divas   Wikipedia mashed together two great definitions of backstory: “A backstory, background story, back-story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding—and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.” What does that mean to you the writer? To me, it means in order to completely support your plot, character motivations, and development of … Read entire article »

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Building a Relationship With Your Editor

Building a Relationship With Your Editor

Building a Relationship With Your Editor By Jen Matera. Reposted with permission from Write divas   You’ve finished your manuscript. It’s been tweaked and modified, and you’ve run it past three different pre-readers for comments and critiques. You’ve made your last series of changes, and you’re ready for editing. You’ve hired an editor… so now what? Now’s the time for you to begin building a relationship with your editor. Trust: The most important thing about building a relationship with your … Read entire article »

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Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés

Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés

Writing Pitfall #11: Stereotypes and Clichés Reposted with permission from Write Divas It seems as though every writing website out there has something to say about stereotypes and clichés, but what’s the big deal? When stereotypes and clichés are used, authors simply have to define a character as a dumb jock or a nerdy bookworm, and they can get away without having to establish characterization because the stereotype has done all the work for them. Stereotypes and clichés are … Read entire article »

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Writing Pitfall #10: Rushed or Slow Pacing

Writing Pitfall #10: Rushed or Slow Pacing

Writing Pitfall #10: Rushed or Slow Pacing Reposted with permission from Write Divas Nothing can ruin a good story faster than rushed pacing. If you’ve ever read a story, stopped, and blinked, all the while thinking, “wait, what just happened here?” then you know what I mean. But just as bad as rushed pacing is a slow, lagging narrative. You know the kind—where you fight the urge to click the next page on your e-reader and skim paragraphs of … Read entire article »

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Use the Five Cs of Copy Editing When Writing

Use the Five Cs of Copy Editing When Writing

Use the Five Cs of Copy Editing When Writing By Janine Savage. Reposted with permission from Write divas   The Five Cs 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 Cs of Copy Editing when writing? Because these are elements that authors can use to … Read entire article »

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