Author Archives: Lauren Schmelz



Lauren Schmelz

in Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Different Perspectives

Writing Exercise: Different Perspectives We all like to stick with what we know and seldom write outside the box. Case in point, I like to write from a male perspective. My train of thought tends to lean more masculine and humored than feminine and soft. Writing in a female’s perspective throws me off, and I tend to sound more harpy and overly emotional. I feel...

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19 Sep 2013
in Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Taste

Writing Prompt: Taste Food, sex, emotion, and even bodily fluids (ew…but it happens) can be described by taste in writing as well as any of the other human senses. Oftentimes you can read how a character smells inciting another character, the way their velvety voice can melt the panites off of leading ladies, or how a simple touch can ignite a sparks the size of...

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17 Sep 2013
in Interviews

Diva Interview Plus Giveaway: Best-selling Author, Darynda Jones

Diva Interview: Darynda Jones New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Darynda Jones, knows how to write strong female protagonists. Anyone who is familiar with her work will attest to this. In her Charley Davidson series, Jones created one of the most complex yet tangible female leads I have read. Not only does Jones balance Charley’s complexity with a biting wit, but she knows...

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11 Sep 2013
in On Writing

Writing Pitfall # 8: Over Description of Characters and Development

Writing Pitfall # 8: Over Description of Characters and Development   Good character descriptions and details are the beginnings of any great novel. Of course you have the plot, but we’re not talking about that right now. Today, the focus of this article is how to develop your characters and use proper descriptions without info dumping on your readers with excessive information. Create a character...

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26 Aug 2013
in Tips

Quick Tip: Networking

Networking sucks. Who wants to network? Author’s do, that’s who. Networking your book or your brand can help your book go from the bottom of the totem pole to the top. What author really loves networking, though? You would be hard-pressed to find any author who will cheerlead schmoozing as their favorite part of promotion. Although, if you want your book to gain the much...

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24 Aug 2013
in Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Write Outside Your Comfort Zone

Writing Exercise: Write Outside Your Comfort Zone. It’s no secret that it’s hard to write outside your comfort zone, but to actually do it can be very beneficial. For example, if you typically write contemporary romance, trying your hand at an historical romance can teach you a thing or two about research or differing character development.  You don’t have to go full turbo and start...

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22 Aug 2013
in Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Start With This Phrase

Writing Prompt: Start with this phrase,  An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Many times when you begin writing your book, manuscript, chapter, paragraph, what have you… the dreaded writer’s block can creep up before you know it. With today’s prompt, Write Divas is going to help you out. A simple phrase can influence so much creativity and spur any author on. The challenge...

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20 Aug 2013
in Interviews

Diva Interview: Author Liv Morris

Today bestselling author Liv Morris visits the Write Divas to discuss short stories in our Diva Interview. Over the past year Morris has had wonderful success writing Love in the City, her series of short stories. I sat down with Liv in New York City recently to get her take on the short story phenomenon. Diva Lauren: Welcome, Liv! I have loved reading some of...

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14 Aug 2013
in Ask the Divas

Ask The Divas: Editing Pet Peeves

I was asked today, “What are your biggest editing pet peeves?” Immediately, I thought of a myriad of things. But when I really got to thinking about it, there are just a few things I find grating, which can be addressed beforehand by authors.  The simplest mistakes an author will make are the most common and ultimately very annoying and redundant for editors. Not that...

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09 Aug 2013
in Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Child’s Perspective

In today’s writing exercise, write from a child’s perspective. It can sometimes be difficult to write from the eyes of a child. Many authors get caught up in capturing their dialogue or child speak and nothing else.  The real challenge is getting into the mindset of the child while maintaining a narrative that’s clear and concise. Here are a few ground rules for you: The...

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01 Aug 2013
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