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Writing, Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, IV

Writing, Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, IV

True or False? For every writer there are intangible elements — personal habits — that allow the mind to roam and find its comfort zone when the words aren’t flowing. To discover the truth, as well as what some of these practices include, The Divining Wand asked its authors: Do you have any unusual writing rituals, secrets or superstitions that always work when all else fails? And this week among the authors who replied are returning TDW favorite Therese Fowler…

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Being a Mature Bride

Guest Jessica Barksdale Inclan on
Being a Mature Bride

[ Among the many books she’s written, Jessica Barksdale Inclan (Intimate Beings, The Beautiful Being) has most recently focused on The Being Trilogy with Being With Him releasing in mass market edition on September 7, 2010. According to the author, “This is a story of two people who have felt different and “other” all their lives, who manage to find each other. And then the fun begins!” Soulmates united in writing….and in life? For Jessica is getting married on September…

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What If….Allie Larkin and Jessica Barksdale Inclan?

What If….Allie Larkin and Jessica Barksdale Inclan?

What a day — or more — for a daydream in the summer heat of July. In fact it feels like the perfect time to wonder “what if” The Divining Wand possessed magical powers and could grant authors, who create their own magic with “what if,” the following two questions: Based only on their writing, what author would you want to be? AND If given the opportunity to have written ONE book in your lifetime, what would that title be?…

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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, I

Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, I

When the following thoughtful question was posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page — rather than select a few authors to answer this query –, it was sent out to everyone. 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…

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Our Authors’ Favorite Love Stories, II

Our Authors’ Favorite Love Stories, II

Although pre-empted by yesterday’s Olympic post, here is the continuation of our authors’ favorite love stories. Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): “My favorite love story is ‘”Pride & Prejudice.”‘ Nobody can do it like Jane Austen! And one of the great things about loving that book is that there are umpteen movie versions to choose from when you need a girls’ day on the couch with some popcorn and a glass of wine! (The audiobook is also great…

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Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process

Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process

If, as often described, the road to publication is a journey, then the writing process must be a well-known path for every author. Yes, it’s a creative path but one that’s also paved with guidelines, outlines, eventual deadlines and everything in between. Sound arduous? Some parts of this path just are, however what about those places where a writer can literally coast? Since these are different for everyone — and in keeping with this site’s theme for the week —…

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Needed: Professional Advice before the Query?

Needed: Professional Advice before the Query?

The Divining Wand’s Q&A page has been active again with another “writing” question. However please remember that all questions, including those about authors and their books, are welcome too. *********** I am in the middle of a novel in progress, which I put away for 12 months, and which I have dusted off and begun work on. My goal is to finish it by the end of this year (Dec. 2010). My question: Would it be useful to hire a…

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Happy Holidays from Jessica Barksdale Inclan

Happy Holidays from Jessica Barksdale Inclan

Now is the time to look back on how we were and the changes life has “gifted” us. Here’s one author’s insight. ************ Time Warp Holiday Party When I was little, I believed that adults did very certain things depending on their gender, not that I knew what gender meant at the time. Women–my mother–stayed at home and kept it clean. Sometimes, moms went out to work, but work outside the home was rare, sporadic, and not central to the…

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