Tag: Lauren Schmelz


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Divas Recommend: Wikipedia is Not the Bible By Lauren Schmelz It was really hard to narrow down my list of favorite articles by Diva Lauren because she writes with a snarky intelligence that I just love. But as a copy editor, one of my responsibilities has historically been verifying research, so this article, Wikipedia is Not the Bible, hit home for me. No, she’s not bashing...

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For the next two weeks, the Divas are going to break from our regularly scheduled programming by opening the vault of our past articles and recommending our favorite articles by the Divas. We hope you experience all the joys (and none of the annoys) of the holiday season and our favorite articles from Write Divas!   Divas Recommend: Why Women Love Alpha Males in Romance...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Write Divas, Lauren Schmelz   Since Write Divas started its blog, Lauren has been the lead interviewer. She keeps the rest of us young with her quirky sense of humor and ready laughter, not to mention that sultry voice. Now it’s her turn to sit on the other side and answer the questions, but since she can’t interview herself, I’m stepping in this...

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Interviews

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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On Editing

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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On Genre

Divas On Genre: Dystopian The dystopian genre has come into its own in recent years. Often a mixture of post-apocalyptic, science fiction and sometimes paranormal, the dystopian genre is the portrayal of any given society outside of the norm in the future after a catastrophic event that either destroys life as we know it or alters it so much that it’s a shell of its...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis You’ve have written your novel and now it’s time for you to query a publishing house. Having a synopsis is vital for submissions. But how long or how short should it be? What should you include? How can you make your synopsis effective and noticeable? Check out this article from Writer’s Digest to help answer these...

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Diva Chat

Divas Picks for Best Reads of 2013   I challenged the divas to give me their personal picks for favorite book they read in 2013. With so many books and even less time to read, this was a difficult task. I wasn’t just looking for good book recommendations. I wanted their favorite, the book that stood out to them above everything else they’d read that...

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On Genre

Divas On Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural What is the paranormal genre to you? To me it involves anything to do with non-human beings or characters who have non-human like abilities such as telekinesis and other powers usually within a single person or grouping of people. Like for instance vampires, demons, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, witches, warlocks, aliens, and superhero types. But this isn’t what drives the genre, adding...

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Tips

Quick Tips: Friends And Family Don’t Know It All Here’s the scenario: You worked for weeks, maybe months on your baby–your first novel. You know you have the perfect plot, the perfect characters, the perfect premise, and it’s all perfectly perfect. You agonized over editing, cutting the bits your loved, adding more bits you didn’t know you needed, and making it all shiny and pretty....

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