Author Archives: Lauren Schmelz



Lauren Schmelz

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Featured Article: Revision Angst

We have all done it. No, really; it’s okay to admit it. No one here will judge you. It’s a part of the writing process, like it or not.  All you have to do is say it out loud and admit it to yourself: My name is *insert name* and I have had revision angst problems for *insert a ungodly amount of time*. There, now...

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29 Jul 2013
in On Writing

Writing Pitfall #4: Mundane Detail

Writing Pitfall #4: Mundane Detail   Back when I first started writing, I thought details were the meat and potatoes of my stories; the more the better is what I always thought. I had no qualms about writing the step-by-step of how my characters cooked spaghetti, how their shower routines consisted of lather, rinse, repeat with their specifically scented shampoo while their soap was a...

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22 Jul 2013
in Tips

Quick Tips: Overused Words and Phrases

During the revision process of novel writing, you can quickly eliminate overused words and phrases once you know what some of these redundancies are. Please don’t feel ashamed if it has never occurred to you these words are unnecessary or overused; they plague the best of writers. The quick tip today is training the eye to recognize them so your work flows, it reads smoothly,...

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20 Jul 2013
in Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Supernatural Traits

The writing exercise this week is… weave a supernatural ability into your characters.   Give your female or male protagonist a supernatural ability which doesn’t include your character becoming something paranormal like a vampire or werewolf. The trait must be something they are born with and has to live with on a daily basis. Also the trait must be uncontrollable, meaning that your character can’t...

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18 Jul 2013
in Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Video

Today we decided to mix up our usual offering of the weekly writing prompt with a video. Writers have been inspired by music for years. Many authors love to share the playlists they listened to while writing their books. One note, one lyric can create a multitude of creativity for anyone. Write a music themed short story based on Grace Potter and The Nocturnals Stars.

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16 Jul 2013
in Interviews

Diva Interview: Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations

Sarah Hansen is the owner of Okay Creations, a book cover design company that has achieved overnight success with many of her creations  seen on the New York Times Bestseller List, USA Today Bestseller List, and Amazon’s Bestseller List, to name a few. Over the last year, Sarah has made beautiful covers for big name authors Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Nichole...

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10 Jul 2013
in Ask the Divas

Ask the Divas: Do Book Covers Matter?

While Fridays are reserved for Ask the Diva, this time will be a little different. The discussion today is book covers and how they help or hinder the sales of book. We have all seen the lovely covers on Amazon, Goodreads, blog tours, and from the authors themselves. Some covers are outstanding, the artwork is beautiful, the font is exceptional, the color scheme works, and...

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05 Jul 2013
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