Have you ever thought about the minor characters in romance novels? From a writing perspective, I mean. There aren’t very many of them, are there? Well, not compared to other types of books. The standard romance novel has a small handful of named supporting cast and another group of un-named, even more minor characters. Like … More Minor Characters in Romance Novels
I don’t get people. I really don’t (the last few years have really hammered that home). And that’s a problem because books are all about people, especially romance novels. So I’ve been thinking – maybe I could use reddit for research. Not just reading existing sections (although that’s definitely a lesson in human behavior) but … More Does Anyone Use Reddit for Research?
I know I mentioned this before, but I second-guess myself about it a lot. Having read many very complicated books, I start to wonder, “Is My Plot Too Simple? Do I need to add some potential suspects or red herrings? Subplots?” Honestly, the answer is probably, “Yes.” But in my saner moments, I realize that … More Is My Plot Too Simple?
As my deadline gets closer, I find myself asking 2 questions: 1. Am I really going to be able to finish by the end of June? and 2. What happens after I finish the first draft? Then, what? I guess, technically, that’s 2.5 questions…, and, FYI, I’ve decided that the answer to question #1 is … More What Happens After I Finish the First Draft?
I’m debating switching my writing hours up for the summer. Why? Well, there’s all this sunlight that wasn’t there before. 😋 Smart-aleckery aside, that is actually the reason. I started keeping regular writing hours last winter. As such, it made sense to work early in the morning. I could avoid distractions, and if it meant … More Writing Hours: Are Yours the Same All Year?
I can’t decide if I should call my city by its real name or by a made-up name. Originally, I was using a city I’ve been to enough to know decently well, but then, someone questioned whether that was a good idea. Now, I’m not sure. This feels a bit silly, but I’m basically going … More Real City or Made-up City?
Arguments are the sort of thing that happens when you’re upset or confused, right? They don’t rely on logic because of that. So how do you write arguments when you’re not upset? (Believable ones) Writing Relationship Conflict: A Necessary Evil The hero and heroine have to argue at some point in a romance novel. Period. … More How Do You Write Arguments?
Do you read the quotes at the beginning of chapters? Or little excerpts? You know, the 1-2 lines or even a small paragraph up by the title of the chapter. The one that may or may not have anything to do with the story itself. Do you read those? Why I’m Asking I’m using little … More Quotes at the Beginning of Chapters (Help!)