Author Archives: Lauren Schmelz



Lauren Schmelz

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Diva Interview: Vilma Gonzalez of Vilma’s Book Blog

Diva Interview: Vilma Gonzalez of Vilma’s Book Blog Today Write Divas welcomes Vilma Gonzalez of Vilma’s Book Blog. I have interviewed book designers, authors, and now bloggers.  When I was searching for a blogger to interview, Vilma’s name was the first to come to mind. I follow her reviews and enjoy her commentary on books and her appreciation of authors in general. Vilma has gained...

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06 Nov 2013
in On Genre, Special

Special Feature On Genre: New Adult

Special Feature On Genre: New Adult If you had to name the hottest genre in fiction today, it would be New Adult. The New Adult genre has burst onto the scene like gangbusters. With such New Adult authors like Jamie McGuire, Tammara Webber, Cora Carmack, J. Lynn, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, and Jessica Sorensen to name just a few, these authors have found great success...

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01 Nov 2013
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Divas Recommend: How To Write A Novel In 30 Days by Leo Babauta

Divas Recommend: With NaNoWriMo starting tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow! Get your juicy plots ready. Here is a nice article by Leo Babauta about writing a novel in thirty days. Some of these tips are very helpful. Check it out! How To Write A Novel In 30 Days Good luck for those participating in NaNoWriMo!! Oh ya, it’s Halloween. Boo!  

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31 Oct 2013
in On Writing

Divas On Writing: Why Women Love Alpha Males In Romance

Divas On Writing: Why Do Women Love Alpha Males In Romance? The question has been asked before many times: Why do women love alpha males so much? Good question, I say. One I have even asked myself from time to time. Given our day and age, many women (myself included) would rather drink gasoline then have a man tell her what to do. But when...

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21 Oct 2013
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Quick Tips: Write Divas On Pinterest

Quick Tips: Write Divas On Pinterest  Write Divas is on Pinterest! *throws confetti* This isn’t a new thing, though. We’ve actually been there for a while. Until recently we haven’t used Pinterest much. We weren’t perpetual pinners as we should be.  All of our pins  got neatly tucked away in a lacy, hand-stitched lap pillow embroidered with “keepsakes”  across the top, only to be thought...

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15 Oct 2013
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Diva Interview: Author C.L. Parker

Diva Interview: Author C.L. Parker I asked my dear friend, author C. L. Parker, to talk to us today about the her journey from small market publishing to The Bix Six. If you’re not aware of The Big Six they are generally referred to: Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, MacMillion Publishers, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, and Random House. Only now it seems The Big Six...

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09 Oct 2013
in On Genre, Special

Divas On Genre: Erotica

Divas On Genre: Erotica We’re starting up a new series on the blog all about genres. The series will post every Friday with one of the Divas showcasing a different genre each week. To kick off this new series with a bang (pun intended), today we’re discussing erotica. Merriam-Webster says: Erotica is works of art or literature that deals with sex and is meant to cause...

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04 Oct 2013
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The Divas Recommend: Night Of The Living Syntax by Craig Clevenger

The Divas Recommend: Night of the Living Syntax by Craig Clevenger Hello Diva followers! We’re changing things up on the blog and introducing the Divas Recommend. Thursdays have been reserved for reblogging some of our favorite articles from various sites. Today, I chose an article by Craig Clevenger called Night of the Living Syntax. It’s about disembodied motion. It was posted on Chuck Palahniuk’s site in...

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03 Oct 2013
in On Writing

Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory

Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory   Wikipedia mashed together two great definitions of backstory: “A backstory, background story, back-story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding—and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.” What does that mean to you the writer? To me, it means in order to completely...

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23 Sep 2013
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Quick Tip: Stop Self-Editing While Writing

Quick Tip: Stop Self-Editing While Writing I’ll be blunt: Stop self-editing; it bites. Self-editing isn’t a bad thing—until after your body of work is finished, that is. Oftentimes it slows your writing process down to a snail’s pace with indecision, self-doubt, and poor execution. I have given this advice to many of my authors when they are pushed up against a deadline and need to...

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21 Sep 2013
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