Romance Writing

The End Is Here

Endings are the most important part of any story. It's what the beginning hints at and the middle reaches after slogging through a lot of muck. In a way, they are the exact opposite of theme because the ending is the one thing that the writer must not wait to figure out. It must be… Continue reading The End Is Here

Romance Writing, Writing Fiction

Messing Up Your Characters

Once, at a writers' meeting, a fellow writer said he was quitting the group. His explanation? He'd had a happy childhood. We all understood. Some of the best writers out there grew up in unhappy homes. Not all, but a lot. Those unhappy childhoods gave them both content and incentive to write great stories. I… Continue reading Messing Up Your Characters

Romance Writing, Writing Fiction

The Right Theme

Theme is important. It's deeper than plot. It's what makes the story come alive. And it's very, very general. Love overcomes bigotry. Hope springs eternal. Life is good. Nothing specific. Problem is, the general nature of theme makes it illusive, amorphous and easy to lose track of even though the theme is what makes the… Continue reading The Right Theme

Romance Writing, Writing Fiction


In my wip (that's work-in-progress to non-writers) I need a character to introduce Elle to the spaceship, another to figure out that she's a stow-away and still another to give her fake papers so she'll appear to be legitimate. That's three characters who aren't essential to the story and all must appear in the first… Continue reading Simplify

Romance Writing, Writing Fiction

What’s Interesting?

Rule 2 of the 22 rules of great storytelling has to do with writing what's interesting. Again, as in my last post (which, by the way, was rule number 1), that means what's interesting to the reader, not the writer. What, you say? You were told to write what you like to read. You were… Continue reading What’s Interesting?