Posted at 10:05 am , on January 16, 2019
1. Your Protagonist must have strong convictions to hold to as things change his world.
- A Mennonite pastor has a daughter killed by a drunk driver. His beliefs call for forgiveness, but does he want revenge instead? Every character in your story should want/need something.
2. List 10 inner demons for your Protagonist, choose the best one and work it into the back-story, then see how it affects him now and how it could hinder him in the future. Continue reading
Posted at 11:13 am , on January 8, 2019
New year, New Writing Plan
Authors Circle Q and A
It’s that time of year again. I imagine organizers are being filled with resolutions. I often wonder how any writers, book lovers, and creators stick to their plans. I know, I didn’t in the past, but over the last year or so, something has changed. I’ve become more focused with this site and moving into a writing career mindset.
If you think creating a writing schedule is boring, then you probably wouldn’t have any fun executing it. I found that most difficult when moving from hobby writer to romance author wanting to make a living writing what I love. In hobby mentality, I wrote when I wanted and if I felt like it.
This year, I’m taking it a step further, I’ve not only created a writing plan. I’ve added a branding and marketing plan as well. This year, publishing and enjoying romance novels are definitely on the list.
This month’s Q and A talks about creating a winning strategy for a new year of writing. Continue reading
Posted at 3:02 am , on December 27, 2018
WHAT IS A PLOT?
It is a chain of events within a story, each of which is the result of some prior event. Nothing in a story is random, everything is cause and effect.
HOW DOES A PLOT DEVELOP?
Quite simply, things get worse. Never let the main character sit back and watch. He / She must always take action, even though every attempt to make things better, only makes it worse. Continue reading
Posted at 3:00 am , on December 13, 2018
CONFLICT IS THE KEY TO HOLDING A READER’S ATTENTION, without it there is no story.
- Never make it easy, there must be a risk factor, something important at stake in order to create tension.
- Conflict must escalate, don’t let up on the main character. There must be complications that grow progressively worse until the climax and resolution.
- Hit the ground running and don’t look back. Your opening should give the reader a feel for the type of story it will be and introduce a conflict. It will likely change as the story progresses but the change will be logical, a result of the actions of the characters.
- A ticking clock never hurts. Give the main character time pressure and the stakes will automatically rise, creating tension.
- Don’t ever pull back. Put your characters to the test. Let the best and the worst come out of them, but always make sure the motivations are clear.
- Motivations must be in keeping with the characters. Make them clear up front and consistent.
SOME WRITING RULES TO FOLLOW
DO NOT WAIT UPON THE MUSE
GET RID OF PERFECTIONIST BLOCK
DON`T FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR WORDS
COME TO CLASS
READ YOUR WORK OUT LOUD
ATTEND READINGS OR BOOK SIGNINGS
WRITE, WRITE, WRITE !!!
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Posted at 7:11 pm , on December 6, 2018
In this Authors’ Q and A, I’ll introduce you to Lilith Darville, author of the Masquerade and Vengeance series.
A maverick in motion, Lilith Darville is an adventurous contemporary romance writer. Her stories are guaranteed to make readers flush and blush. Even as a quirky youngster, writing love stories was paramount in her life—well above algebra and biology. Learning firsthand that some love stories crash and burn while others ignite with an everlasting fire.
Here’s our romance book chat…
1. Tell me about your first book and what inspired you to write it? Most of us start creating because we are driven to share something, a piece of ourselves with the world perhaps. As a romance reader myself, I’d love to know why you felt it was important to share that first story with the world?
I wrote SCORPIO AWAKENS on a challenge from my beloved Hubster to write him a fantasy. I dove in writing a romantic romp that broke a couple of romance conventions. By the time I was done, the main characters, Connor and Kat, screamed to be let loose on the world. I wasn’t so sure, so I self-published it. After a lot of really good feedback from readers and beta readers, I reworked the story to include HEA and sent it to a few publishers. I happily accepted a contract with Luminosity Publishing, who published the Scorpio Series trilogy.