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Lauren Schmelz

Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins
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Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins

Diva Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins Welcome to another edition of what’s Diva Lauren reading this week. Well, I have a treat for readers who like to take on a risque book. Or a risque topic, really. Cheating. Or not cheating. Allowed cheating… Just stay with me. Do you remember that 1993 movie Indecent Proposal starring Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Robert Redford? It’s based on the...

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03 Jun 2015
Divas Rec: How To Cut The Filler and Tighten Your Book
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Divas Rec: How To Cut The Filler and Tighten Your Book

Divas Recommend: How To Cut The Filler and Tighten Your Book By Laura Carlson   In the article How to Cut the Filler and Tighten Your Book, Laura Carlson shares with us her tools on making your book as tight as can be. I have read many books where filler bogs down a story so much, I often find myself skimming large chunks of the...

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28 May 2015
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Storyboarding

Divas on Writing: Storyboarding For the last couple of weeks, I have written about character, setting, and plot sheets. Today’s article isn’t so much a sheet but a close relative to it: a storyboard. Storyboarding your story can be done in a couple of different ways; it really depends on what you like. Storyboarding can help a writer who needs to better visualize the structure...

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17 May 2015
Spotlight: B N Toler
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Spotlight: B N Toler

Diva Spotlight: B N Toler You all know I love reading romance by now, right? I thought so. Suffice it to say, if you’re not a romance fan of some magnitude, this spotlight business I do won’t be any use for you. But, and I mean a big but, this book I have just read by B N Toler, Where One Goes, is a book...

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12 May 2015
Divas Rec: Can a Character’s Arc be a Subplot?
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Divas Rec: Can a Character’s Arc be a Subplot?

Diva’s Recommend: Can A Character’s Arc Be A Subplot by K.M. Weiland   Did you know that a character’s arc can be a subplot? Well, heck ya, they can. I didn’t really know what this meant until I read the article by K.M Weiland. I just focused on the main plot too much to see that character subplots are just as important as the major...

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07 May 2015
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Plot Sheets

Plot Sheets To round out the sheets trilogy, as I like to call it, I’m going to talk about plot sheets. They work pretty much the same as the character and setting sheets. You can have as little or as many sheets as you need. Plot sheets are just a rough version of your outline.  The Plot Bunny Catchall Plot Sheet This type of plot...

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27 Apr 2015
Spotlight: Jen Frederick
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Spotlight: Jen Frederick

Diva Spotlight: Jen Frederick   Like last month instead of doing the Diva Interview, I decided to showcase whomever I’ve been reading at the moment. First was Elizabeth Hunter and this month Jen Frederick gets the honors. Yay! *dances a jig and toots a horn* Congratulations, Ms. Frederick! Seriously, I like her books. It’s not secret my genre of choice is romance. I like it...

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21 Apr 2015
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Divas Rec: The Five Plotting Moments That Matter

Divas Recommend: Basic Plot Structure – The Five Plotting Moments That Matter by Amanda Patterson The hardest thing for some editors is to become writers. Yes, we write all the time. Hey, look! I’m writing now. But taking off the editor’s hat is so difficult, especially for me. Writing creative fiction has gone from typing blissfully away for hours and hours to headdesking over and...

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16 Apr 2015
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Setting Sheets

Divas on Writing Setting Sheets I talked about character sheets a while ago and had some really great responses to the article, so I thought I would write about setting sheets as well. Setting sheets work much the same as character sheets, but they storyboard the setting of the story instead of outlining characters. With character sheets, you’re likely to have multiple sheets based on...

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06 Apr 2015
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Spotlight: The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One by Elizabeth Hunter

Diva Spotlight: The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One by Elizabeth Hunter Normally, this monthly slot is reserved for an interview of sorts. I’ve interviewed authors, bloggers, cover artists, publishers, editors, more authors… But I wanted to change things up here at Write Divas because I’m snazzy like that. So instead of a nifty interview, I’m going to showcase or spotlight authors or books I’m reading currently....

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01 Apr 2015
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