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Best Writing Exercises, Part V

Best Writing Exercises, Part V

In The Divining Wand’s seemingly never-ending pursuit to discover how our favorite authors/friends perfect their natural skills, they were asked: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? This week’s responses suggest that less is best. Also please welcome another new author, Meg Mitchell Moore! Beth Hoffman (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt): “None, really.” Karen McQuestion (A Scattered Life, Easily Amused, and Celia and the Fairies for ages 7 – 11): “I tend to be…

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Fan Mail: An Author’s
Most Memorable Reward, II

Fan Mail: An Author’s
Most Memorable Reward, II

Last month’s post on how much fan mail meant to authors surprised some visitors, while inspiring others to finally write their own personal messages. The written word is powerful in expressing heartfelt gratitude and here are more author responses to memorably touching fan mail: ~Tanya Egan Gibson (How to Buy a Love of Reading): “A man wrote to say that my depiction of alcohol and drug addiction (in a teenage character, Hunter Cay) felt very real. He’d finished my novel…

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Kristina Riggle and The Life You’ve Imagined

Kristina Riggle and The Life You’ve Imagined

In the follow up to her successful debut of Real Life & Liars, Kristina Riggle presents us with another thoughtful, touching, bittersweet read — The Life You’ve Imagined, releasing tomorrow, August 17, 2010. This second book also proves that the author’s natural gift is her talent to write a quiet little novel that whispers, nudges, and reminds how much of life is filled with hope. However the irony is that the idea for this storyline came out of Kristina’s seemingly…

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Guest Kristina Riggle on All in the Family

Guest Kristina Riggle on All in the Family

[As she did with her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, Kristina Riggle writes with soul about family and friends coming to terms with change in The Life You’ve Imagined, being released August 17, 2010. And, in today’s guest post, she shares the personal inspiration for the book.] This is what I remember most about my dad starting his own business: him sitting in a basement office space with a city directory open in front of him, cold-calling strangers to…

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The Revealing of Kristina Riggle

The Revealing of Kristina Riggle

In her moving and compelling debut, Real Life & Liars, Kristina Riggle focused on a family coming to terms with change, and change remains the theme in her second novel, The Life You’ve Imagined, being released on August 17, 2010. However this storyline revolves around friends who either need or desire change. Consider the book’s description: Is the life you’re living all you imagined? Have you ever asked yourself, “What if??” Here, four women face the decisions of their lifetimes…

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What If….Kristina Riggle and Sarah Pekkanen?

What If….Kristina Riggle and Sarah Pekkanen?

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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Blogs Favored by Our Authors

Blogs Favored by Our Authors

Enlightening or entertaining, what type of blogs would our authors favor on a daily basis? Of course it’s a bit of both and you might enjoy following along with: Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): ~ Unclutterer – http://unclutterer.com/ ~ Post Secret – http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ ~ Sew, Mama, Sew! – http://www.sewmamasew.com/ ~ Sew at Sea, by my hilarious friend Laura – http://sewatsea.blogspot.com/ ~ Pub Rants – http://pubrants.blogspot.com/ Trish Ryan (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding…

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

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

Today’s post is the continuation of how authors responded to a recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page: 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 writing? Also…

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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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