Author Archives: Lauren Schmelz



Lauren Schmelz

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Interview: Janine Savage

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Janine Savage Today we are continuing the Diva interview series and talking to Write Diva CEO Janine Savage. She’s the driving force behind the Divas. But what makes her tick? Let’s find out! It’s tough raising a family and working, how do you balance your time between family and editing/reading? Having it all is tough. Honestly, I’m still learning how to...

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05 Mar 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Why Can’t I Trust Spell Check?

Divas On Writing: Why Can’t I Trust Spell Check? As an editor, I have open on my web browser Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, and the Urban Dictionary at all times while I work. I cross-check each site when I’m stumped on a word, the usage, or if it’s hyphenated. I really hate those hyphenated words.  Oftentimes, authors use the same steps I just listed above when writing....

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24 Feb 2014
in Articles, On Dialogue

Dialogue Punctuation

Divas On Dialogue: Dialogue Punctuation   The are three ways to punctuate dialogue in your novel: the right way, the wrong way, and a mixture of the them both. Kind of confusing, huh? To some it can be. Do you use a comma or period with this tag, or do you capitalize the first word after the quotation? Talking about dialogue punctuation is one thing,...

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21 Feb 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: “Thought” Verbs by Chuck Palahnuik

Divas Recommend: “Thought” Verbs We all use “thought” verbs in our daily speech and in our written works. Chuck Palahniuk gives out some very good advice on how “thought” verbs can be eliminated and in turn make you a better writer. Even if you will hate his guts. Check it out and let us know what you think. Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs  

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20 Feb 2014
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Playlists

Quick Tips: Playlists What gets the muse going better than music? Besides having a cup of coffee on hand, music is another must that authors rely on while they are in the throes of writing their latest masterpieces. The choice of tunes is really the author’s own, but many authors make their playlists available to their readers or for other authors to use. All you...

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11 Feb 2014
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Interview: Shay Goodman

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Shay Goodman Continuing our series on getting to know the Divas, today we’re sitting down with Shay Goodman, a brilliant editor, friend, and partner. Hello, Shay! Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you started in this wonderful world of editing? Well, honestly, I kind of tripped and fell into the publishing world. I’ve always had a love of...

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05 Feb 2014
in Articles, On Writing

But I Loooove Adverbs

Divas On Writing: But I Loooove Adverbs Every author has done it. It’s all right to come out and say it: I loooove adverbs. Heck, even as an editor I love them too. Adverbs are an easy way of explaining something without getting too wordy and usually it’s a quick fix to writing emotion in scenes. They make those pesky verbs look a little prettier....

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27 Jan 2014
in On Editing

Divas On Editing: Content Edit

Divas On Editing: Content Edit   What is a content edit? A content edit of a manuscript is an edit that focuses strongly on story, plot, inconsistencies, character development, structure, pacing, and flow. Although grammar and punctuation are also part of the process, a large effort is placed on the creative elements instead of the technical ones. The primary goal is to edit with a...

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24 Jan 2014
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Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Quick Tips: Don’t Beat Yourself Up The quick tip today is going to be very quick—a sort of pep talk—and straight to the point: Don’t beat yourself up. Just stop it. You’re better than this. Whether you’re experiencing stress while writing, editing, or marketing your book don’t let the process control you. Take a step back and keep your goals in perspective. Writing This is...

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14 Jan 2014
in Interviews

Interview: Jen Matera

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Jen Matera Since I’ve been doing interviews for this blog, I have talked to graphic artists, public relations gurus,  marketers, authors, and readers to get their personal views on topics ranging from strong women in fiction to how effective social media is to an author. But I left out a vital interview: US! So please welcome to her first Diva interview,...

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08 Jan 2014
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