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Go-to Writing Books, III

Go-to Writing Books, III

Before, during and after a work-in-progress, a published/debut author has likely read more than a few books on the art and craft of writing. Yet not all motivation or inspiration comes from books on writing, in fact favorite novels are just as likely to be kept close at hand. With this 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 — including…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, V

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, V

Yes or no? 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 take a look at 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? This week provides the final responses, including one from new TDW author Catherine McKenzie: ~Stacey Ballis…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part IV

Best Writing Exercises, Part IV

As promised, The Divining Wand delivers yet another installment of what inspires or motivates our favorite authors/friends to perfect their natural skills, by asking the question: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? Also this post welcomes and introduces another new author, Ann Werrtz Garvin! Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in the Water): “I wish I could remember what book I read it in, but I once advised to try drawing…

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Current and Coming Attractions

Current and Coming Attractions

Although The Divining Wand authors have been busy writing, publishing, and keeping TBR books piled high, it’s only natural to wonder what’s next for our favorite writers. And what follows is a tasty sampling to whet your reading appetite. * * * * * As of today, Thursday, September 16, 2010, Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, releasing in paperback September 21, 2010, The Education of Hailey Kendrick YA coming January 4,…

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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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Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, III

Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, III

Today’s post presents the third and final additions in response 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 to know! Shana Mahaffey (Sounds Like Crazy): “The best investment I EVER made was…

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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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Living in a Modern Day Tales of the City

Living in a Modern Day Tales of the City

Once again, from The Divining Wand’s Q&A page, a reader asks: Larramie, in yesterday’s interview with Shana Mahaffey (Sounds Like Crazy), I was very intrigued by this line: “Shana lives in San Francisco, California, in part of an Edwardian compound that she shares with an informal cooperative of family, friends, and five cats.” What, pray tell, is an ‘Edwardian (cooperative) compound’ ??? Below, in a lovely post, is Shana’s explanation. *********** The Pierce Street Compound “Shana lives in San Francisco,…

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