• Character Development,  Creativity,  Uncategorized

    Shipping: 14 Ways To Develop Romance In Your Story

    Man, do I love a good, believable romance. I like the slow kind, where looks are exchanged, where she ignores him, where he adores her, where their journey leads to something beautiful and long-lasting. I like the kinds of romance where the undercover action is a result of commitment, not the possibility of it. Good romance stories, in my opinion, have the reader fully engaged in the feelings of the couple long before they figure it out themselves. I didn’t know there was a term for this. Oh, this is why I write fiction! I can get emotionally involved in the romance of characters without actually getting emotionally involved! And…

  • Creativity

    Beginnings Are Not Just Background: Creating Good Characters A Guest Post By Sophia Ryan

      Character development should start from scene one of your novel and end when the novel does. But how do you write characters we all want to read about? Coloring your dialog with details such as gesture, appearance, tone, thoughts, and reaction helps readers get a better sense of your characters. And, if readers have a better sense of who your characters are, says author Nancy Kress in her book, Beginnings, Middles, and Ends, they might be more willing to read more of your story. There are times when you want quick, back-and-forth dialog with limited narrative, but that works best when the reader already knows your characters. In the…

  • Genre

    What’s Your Real Genre? (A Silly Quiz For Writers Who Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously) by Katharine Grubb

    Oh Genre! That beautiful French word that basically pigeon-holes authors into a particular type of writing. Some of us are romance writers, some are thriller writers, some specialize in Regency zombie mysteries that always contain a yummy recipe. Genres are important simply because readers need to know what to expect from you. Agents like genres because if they do get to pitch your work, they need to know how to describe it. And if you attaching key words to your self-published title, genre can help you out.  But what if you don’t know your genre? There are lots of ways to find out. You can read this informative article from…

  • Community,  Uncategorized

    UnWrapping Love! An Anthology by The Writing Wenches (And 10 Minute Novelists)

    On December 1, a group of women, and one man they affectionately call “the barkeep,” who call themselves the Writing Wenches pulled off a pretty major accomplishment. They released an anthology collection of twenty-one holiday themed short romance stories, in a single volume, called Unwrapping Love. It took months of coordination, effort, writing, editing, formatting, cover designing, and marketing to pull this off. In the end, they put together a project that was unique in its scope. The reviews have been amazing, and I’m really proud of this group, that had its start in the 10 Minute Novelists group. When I asked them what led them to want to work…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Nanowrimo

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Emergency Prompts For Nanowrimo!

    Are you stuck yet? Don’t worry, you will be. When you are, don’t panic!  Don’t worry!  You’ll get through it! If you get stuck, here are ten writing prompts that might send you off on a tangent, help you finish your book! 1. Put your character in an actual emergency. Food allergies, car accident, flash flood, explosive plumbing, gas leak — none of these are planned. You don’t have to plan yours too. And even if it looks rather deux et machina -ish, don’t worry about it. You can always go back and fix it later. 2. What does your character have in his pocket, purse or glove compartment? Candy? A gun? Drugs? A crucifix?…