Romance Writing

WINTER SURVIVAL

We didn't host Thanksgiving this year.  Instead, we went to our granddaughter's house because it's big enough to hold the most relatives and is centrally located.  The reason I mention this is because what happened illustrates a fact of life in the north.  Don't count on getting where you are going... or on returning... until your… Continue reading WINTER SURVIVAL

Romance Writing

ARCHETYPE OR STEREOTYPE?

Earlier today a writer mentioned a problem coming up with good characters.  His main concern was to not create characters that are stereotypes.  I can understand his concern.  As a writer, I've been warned over and over again of the terrible things that will befall my manuscript if I should breathe life into a character… Continue reading ARCHETYPE OR STEREOTYPE?

Romance Writing

THRUST

I read somewhere, can't remember where, that the way to tell a story is to hit the ground running and don't stop until you reach the end.  That's a pretty good definition of thrust. Even though my stories aren't fast-paced thrill rides, I always try to do precisely that… hit the ground running and not… Continue reading THRUST

Romance Writing

TONE

There's been a discussion lately among some writers I know about 'tone.'  Specifically, the tone required by confession stories.  The discussion didn't progress very far before I felt completely overwhelmed.  Because when I write, I just write.  I think about how to best tell the story and how best to convey that to the reader. … Continue reading TONE