Is writing about romantic love difficult?

Is it difficult writing about romantic love? The answer depends on your definition of romantic love as compared to physical love. Physical love has been described as graphic descriptions of the sex act. That’s just plumbing. You can (and I have! ) taken a basic plumbing handbook meant to help a do-it-your-selfer plumb your house …

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What planning tools do you use to keep your writing on track?

What tools do I use to keep my writing on track? For me, it’s an outline. My outline doesn’t resemble a table of contents and doesn’t have numbers and indents and other things associated with outlines, rather it’s more like a detailed synopsis. One paragraph per chapter and that paragraph is just long enough to …

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Making a living as an author of novels and novellas

Can an author make a decent living as an author of novels and novellas? Depends… Long ago, when bricks and mortar publishers ruled the publishing world, those publishers decided who got published and who didn’t. In doing so, they decided who made a living as a novelist and who didn’t. Now that anyone can self-publish, …

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How do I start making money through writing and be a good writer?

How do you make money writing and still be a good writer? It’s interesting that you put two questions together as one. Because they are related. Sort of. No, it’s not true, as many people will tell you, that if you become a good writer the money will follow. It won’t because there are too …

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What creative writing exercises do you recommend for improving my writing ability?

What creative exercises do I recommend for improving writing ability? I’ve never done any actual creative exercises per se myself but I know several authors, including myself who, as part of our jobs, ended up fueling our creativity. Here are a few examples: One author is also owner/manager of a CSA. That’s Community Supported Agriculture, …

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How do you write realistic dialogue?

How do you write realistic dialogue? You let your characters speak for themselves. Let them carry on conversations as if you weren’t around to monitor and correct them. That means that sometimes they won’t speak correctly. In fact, it’s more than possible that they’ll seldom speak correctly because few real people do. When they’ve had …

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