Author Archives: Lauren Schmelz



Lauren Schmelz

Giving Your Characters A Little Umph
in Articles, On Writing

Giving Your Characters A Little Umph

You have done it, you wrote a book. Yay! The tough part is over. Well, not really. You have revising, editing, more editing, revising, editing… You get my point. Okay, rewind a bit. I tend to do on tangents when I get excited. You have done it, you wrote a book. Yay! But when you go back and reread and hopefully revise what you wrote,...

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06 May 2014
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Divas Rec: Too Intelligent To Write, Ultra Smart Characters

Divas Recommends: Too Intelligent To Write, Ultra Smart Characters    Ever wonder how authors can write such brainy characters when you feel like your characters are wearing dunce caps? Check out this Divas Recommend about ultra smart characters. Too Intelligent to Write: Ultra-Smart Characters by Jennifer Mandelas    

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01 May 2014
in Articles, Diva Chat

Diva Chat: Should There Be Minimum Publishing Standards For Self-Published Authors

Diva Chat: Should there be minimum publishing standards for self-published authors This week’s Diva chat topic: a straightforward question that speaks for itself. With so many indie authors flooding the publishing scene daily, readers are treated to a wide variety of new and interesting books. But there are some doozies that pop up more times than not. The topic of the chat today addresses if we...

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23 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Short vs. Long Stories

Divas on Writing: Short vs. Long Stories   More and more authors are writing short stories as a way to introduce themselves in the world of independent publishing. It’s a simpler and less time intensive way to make a name for yourself and create a fan base. Short stories can range in length from as little as ten to fifty thousand words. But the range...

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21 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

It’s Not A Race

Quick Tips: It’s Not A Race   Recently I got into a Facebook discussion with two great authors. One question posed was how some authors seem to write and publish a book in the blink of an eye. This spurred questions about if the authors speed in writing equates to lower quality books and does such quick turnaround time for these published books mean that...

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08 Apr 2014
in Articles, On Writing

How to Spot Your Tic

Divas on Writing: How to Spot Your Tic We all have them, those nasty buggers that can suck the lifeblood out of your manuscript. The writer’s tic. Most times you don’t even see the tic until someone points it out, most likely your editor or pre-reader. You feel embarrassed, stupid, and scolded like a naughty child after your manuscript is ripped to bits because of...

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24 Mar 2014
in Articles, On Dialogue

Direct and Indirect Narrative

Direct and Indirect Narrative   The difference between direct and indirect narrative is pretty straightforward. Direct narrative is basically describing everything in a scene, including all the action and detail. For example, say you’re writing a scene about pitcher throwing the winning strike in the game. Direct narrative allows you to describe everything from what the pitcher is feeling and  seeing to how he pitches...

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21 Mar 2014
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Divas Rec: Slushy Glut Slog

Divas Recommend: Slushy Glut Slog   The actual title of the article has one of those four-letter words in it, but if you don’t read what Chuck Wendig is saying about self-publishing, then you’re missing out. Check it out! Why The Self-Publishing Sh*t Volcano is a Problem      

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20 Mar 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Book Inspiration

Quick Tips: Book Inspiration Many authors have been through it: missing their inspiration. Or more accurately, losing their inspirations. Getting the plot bunny, the excitement of starting a new story, and creating fresh characters are all great things when you first start your book, but when it comes to writing the actual words, something doesn’t always pan out. Is it your muse that simply isn’t...

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11 Mar 2014
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