Author Archives: Lauren Schmelz



Lauren Schmelz

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Ignore The Haters

Quick Tips: Ignore The Haters   I have seen and heard it time and time again: Authors fretting over one bad review. As an editor, seeing one of my authors pull their hair out because of one negative review or comment makes me want to pull my hair out along with them. It’s tough, the world of writing and publishing. An author’s work is out...

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23 Sep 2014
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Divas Rec: Writing The Romance Novel – Seven Story Beats

Divas Recommend: Writing The Romance Novel –  Seven Story Beats by Kaye Dacus   Kaye Dacus talks about the seven romantic plotlines Billy Mernit described in his article “Writing the Romantic Comedy.” It’s a very informative article that breaks down the genre into seven descriptive plotlines. For all those romance writers out there, this article is very helpful by dissecting the meat and bones of writing...

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18 Sep 2014
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Wikipedia Is Not the Bible

Divas on Writing: Wikipedia Is Not the Bible   Freelance and independent editors aren’t fact checkers. In fact, we prefer not to fact check. There is a certain liability that isn’t the responsibility of the editor, but rather the author. You can pay your editor to specifically fact check, but it’s a touchy area. Editors at publishing houses are a different story, though. They are...

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08 Sep 2014
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Interview: Liv Morris

Diva Interview: Liv Morris   With Penned Con St. Louis taking place in my home town this next week, there was no better time for all the Divas to get together to represent the editing house and spread our editing charm. But we’re also there to meet our favorite authors, get some great books, and meet readers! We’ll also be representing the authors we work...

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03 Sep 2014
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Writing Achilles’ Heel

Quick Tips: Writing Achilles’ Heel   Most of the articles the Divas write draw from personal experience, and this one is not any different. I’ve been struggling with my first novel for a while now. Really, I’ve been struggling with many first novels. I have about four or five WIPs that can’t seem to get past chapter four. My intentions are great when I start...

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26 Aug 2014
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Divas Rec: Making POV Work For You by Kaye Dacus

So I’ve been obsessed with reading books from the male POV lately, especially books written by women. There is a certain understanding of the opposite sex’s mental state that’s required when writing a realistic male character.  Many times I have read books where I could tell clearly a woman is writing a man and it pulls me from a book fast. The male protagonist is...

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21 Aug 2014
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It’s All About The Name

Divas On Writing: It’s All About The Name   I can’t say that the one hardest thing about being a writer is naming your characters, but it can be a really, really frustrating part. And I mean really hair-pullingly frustrating. What impact will a character’s name have on their development? What’s the meaning behind the name? Does it roll off the tongue? Does it sound...

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11 Aug 2014
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Interview: Kathy Bryson

Diva Interview: Kathy Bryson   I put out a call for authors of different genres for a new interview series the Divas are going to feature, and Kathy was one of the first to sign up! Kathy not only has an impressive background in marketing, writing, teaching, and journalism but she writes in a genre as impressive: fantasy/paranormal. So let’s get to know Kathy Bryson...

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06 Aug 2014
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Write It Out Longhand

Quick Tips: Write It Out Longhand   This week’s quick tips is very easy. Try writing out your story longhand. In fact it’s something that many writers have done before ever setting a word to type, but as an avenue it’s been lost in today’s technical age.  When I first started writing, I had journals and journals stacked in my closet. Back fifteen to twenty...

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28 Jul 2014
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Divas Rec: Creating Characters in Novels by Harvey Chapman

I’m plotting out a short story right now and I’ve found it difficult to get a good grip on the development of my characters. I tend to be overly descriptive and not keep it simple. Diva Jen wrote a great article on keeping it simple, make sure to check that out, too. This recommend has a series of links to other articles about character development...

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24 Jul 2014
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