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Summer’s TBR Lists, III

Summer’s TBR Lists, III

With so many terrific books vying for attention, summer is the best season for a reason to relax and get lost in a new release or old favorite. And, since summer book lists are currently being published, The Divining Wand decided to ask its authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~Carleen Brice (Orange Mint and Honey, Children of the Waters): “PYM by Mat Johnson SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones THE WEIRD…

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Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

As must be known by now, Eleanor Brown’s (The Weird Sisters) alternative answer for a fictional BFF inspired TDW to ask its other authors her question: In what fictional world/neighborhood would you like to live? And why? This final week features responses from the following writers, including Eleanor with a new answer: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA, and Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed YA coming June 14, 2011): “I’m too much of a pragmatist (okay,…

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Go-to Writing Books

Go-to Writing Books

At one time or another, before as well as during her/his writing career, a published author has likely read more than a few books on the art and craft of writing. Whether it’s for motivation or inspiration, favorites must exist to be read and reread whenever the need arises. With this thought in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What books do you keep nearby or go back to as you’re working? And this week the following authors replied:…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever

One of the most enlightening aspects of reading is being introduced, getting to know, and gaining insight/understanding to a wide variety of individuals. Somewhere among the pages are also those special characters that create an immediate personal bond — the ones, if only real, would be chosen as our BFF. With this in mind The Divining Wand wondered who the authors felt close to, and asked: What fictional character would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, Part I

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, Part I

During the fall The Divining Wand — in a series of six post recently honored by Suzannah Freeman of Write It Sideways — presented our authors’ best writing exercises. Tried and true, these exercises were designed to jumpstart both imagination and motivation, yet what about the intangible elements that set minds free while wrapping writers into their comfort zone? To discover the answer our authors were asked: Do you have any unusual writing rituals, secrets or superstitions that always work…

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Our Authors Journey, IV

Our Authors Journey, IV

Beginning with a late January post, The Divining Wand has revealed how its successful authors have traveled their personal road to publication. And now the remaining five answer the questions of how they handled rejection and what kept them going to reach their destination? Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010): “Years passed between the day I really got serious about writing, and the day I signed a publishing contract. There is no general time-line for when you…

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The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, I

The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, I

A recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page sounded simple enough and an overwhelming number of authors responded to answer: Here’s another question for your authors: What is the word count of most of their novels? I know that we here all sorts of estimates of what a novel should be, 70,000 to 100,000 words. But what is the actual count for the novels featured here, and do your authors think about word count as they’re…

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More Authors, More of their Best Writing Advice

More Authors, More of their Best Writing Advice

Two weeks ago, several of our authors/friends shared words of wisdom that help guide them through the writing process. And, in today’s post, those who have yet to be heard from, respond to: What is the best advice about writing that you’ve received/read AND put to use? Emily Winslow (The Whole World coming May 25, 2010): “Things have to HAPPEN. “My natural inclinations are toward character, premise and theme. I resisted plot. I hated limiting everything that could possibly happen…

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Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, II

Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, II

Yes there are more of our favorite authors’ writing books for your consideration and, though duplications become more numerous, there are also thoughtful additions to this question: I wondered, what do your authors read in the way of writing books? Do they have favorites they refer to again and again? Do they read the classics like, Bird by Bird, or Writing Down the Bones, or do they favor books on craft like, Save the Cat? Reading (and writing) minds want…

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Good News about and from Our Authors

Good News about and from Our Authors

The Diving Wand loves sharing good news about its authors and this post offers quite a collection. For Wendy Tokunaga (Midori By Moonlight, Love in Translation) BookPage Reviews’ Friendship and family in a foreign land is a Web exclusive by Sheri Bodoh. Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA) was thrilled and flattered by this terrific book trailer for Bad Girls Don’t Die made by a reader/fan. Do watch. Melanie Benjamin watches her foreign rights sales soar for (Alice I…

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