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My Personal Slush Pile Heaven and Hell – Love, Hate or Date

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The Love, Hate or Date session at the recent RWA conference in Adelaide was where writers were asked to submit their first two pages anonymously in the expectation that it would be read out in public for a panel of top editors and agents to advise on when they’d say no before adding it to the slush pile. Funnily enough, Love, Hate and Date is exactly the path my emotions took when it was my turn. LOVE When I first heard that the RWA conference was holding a Love, Hate or Date session this year, initially, my reaction was – what a fabulous idea. …

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Erotic Romance vs Erotica – What’s the difference?

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One letter. That’s all that separates the two words, but that one letter means so much. Erotic Romance is a story about the emotional journey of the two main characters, and as part of that journey, they have sex a few times. The sex in this type of genre is generally explicit, but usually restricted to only a couple of times a book. The overarching plot is about the two characters falling in love. Think Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s, Crossfire series. Erotica is a story about the sexual journey and little else. Your characters will be having …

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The Dark Moment – Why Taking Your Protagonist To Her Lowest Makes for Great Reading

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D for Dark Moment – Romance Writing from A to Z No matter if you’re a plotter, a pantser or a whatever-the-hell-I-want-to-write-liker, there’s one moment in your protagonist’s journey that resonates with your readers most out of any other. This moment is often called the Dark Moment, or the All is Lost Moment, and I’ve heard it called The Darkest Night of the Soul. They’re all pretty similar, but what they have in common is that it’s the lowest of the lowest points for your character. This moment usually occurs just before the climax of the novel, when your protagonist has had …

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Work in Progress Update – My Rom-Com ‘You Know You’re a Writer When…’

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I think it’s about time I start sharing my works in progress. So … here we go (she says with a gulp). Currently, I’m finishing off a rom-com titled ‘You Know You’re a Writer When…’ I’m pitching this at the RWA conference, so fingers crossed it get’s through. I got the idea to write this novel from a very good friend who is a fountain of ideas. She showed me her spreadsheet once full of amazing concepts and we often joke about how she’ll never have time to write all of them so what if she sold them? Then … …

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Conference Confidence – RWA 2016

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This is my first conference and I’m a little excited and nervous at the same time. I’m on the RWA committee so, in a sense, I’m at an advantage over other newbies. I’ll already know a few people, so I won’t be going in blind. But nevertheless, I still want to get the most that I can out of the conference. Are you attending the conference? If you see me, please come and say Hi! About the Conference The Romance Writers of Australia conference is in August in Adelaide and has over 400 attendees from all over the country coming. …

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D is for Dialogue – Romance Writing from A to Z

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  Thank you Victoria Purman for writing this fantastic blog post as part of my A to Z of Romance Writing Series. Victoria is the author of upcoming book, The Three Miss Allens. Read more about Victoria at the end of the article. D is for Dialogue Dialogue: a conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play or film So, that sounds simple, right? Dialogue is a conversation, with two – or sometimes more – people talking to each other. The aim of dialogue is to move the story forward, to show interactions between your characters. It can …

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Create Sizzling Conflict Between Your Hero and Heroine – A to Z of Romance Writing

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When you’re writing a romance, there’s one thing that readers expect – that the hero and heroine will eventually work it out and get together. Whether it’s a happily ever after, or a happy for now situation, there’s a satisfying relationship resolution. So, what keeps the reader ploughing through your pages? Conflict! Without it, the story is predictable and there’s no reason to keep reading. I remember when I first started writing, I thought every element of conflict I added sounded too contrived. But, now, three books on, I have figured out that the key to making believable conflict is …

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Baby Boomer Love – Getting Romance Right for Mature Aged Protagonists

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I’m happy to host this wonderful guest post by Jonna Holston, author of the book Toggle (one). Thank you Jonna for taking the time to write about such a fascinating topic as part of my A to Z of Romance Writing Series. Read more about Jonna at the end of the article. Baby Boomer Love If you are writing romance then chances are that a large percentage of your readership will be of the baby boomer age. Infrequently is a romance novel written specifically for this generation, so in rarity we find value. If written well the rewards are great. …

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How to Build a Romance Thread that Leaves an Emotional Impact

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A to Z of Writing Romance – Beats When I started writing romance, I was totally confused with how to plot one. Sure, I’ve read a few and I had a bit of an idea that girl meets boy, they like each other, there’s conflict, they get over it and happy ending. But, there are so many other elements, that I often get lost, throw my hands in the air and give up. Then I discovered the theory of story beats, and haven’t really looked back. What is a beat? A term coined by screenwriters, beats are what novel writers like to call … …

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Rules of Attraction – How to build attraction between two characters

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Welcome to the first post in my romance writing from A to Z series. To kick us off, I’m tackling something that every single romance or love story has to have – attraction. From Fifty Shades of Grey to Pride and Prejudice, there’s so many different levels of attraction that it’s hard to know which one suits the story you’re about to write. I’ve spent some time scouring the web for information and this is what I’ve come up with. I’ve even put it into a handy downloadable worksheet for you to workshop your characters’ attraction. What is attraction? For the purpose …

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Book Review – Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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This book starts off with a bang. Well, actually, it’s almost like a gunshot going off and you see the bullet wound, but you don’t see the gun, hear the shot, or in fact even know it was a gunshot at all. You see the metaphoric blood seeping and are left wondering for three-quarters of the book, what on earth caused it? There was a barbecue, you see, and something terrible happened. But what? All we know is that it’s thrown the lives of three very different couples and their families into disarray. You’ve got Erika and Oliver, the seemingly stuffy accountants. The …

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How to Write Romance – from A to Z

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I remember when I first decided to put a romance thread in my story. I got so confused that I almost didn’t do it at all. But I knew that for a story to be satisfying to me, I needed a romance thread otherwise I didn’t enjoy them. So why should I not write them?  Then I found the RWA website and realised that there’s a whole community out there to help me. You don’t have to be a full-fledged romance writer, you can write in other genres with romantic elements. I’ve learned a lot over the last year, and …

June 07, 2016 at 05:23PM

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June 07, 2016 at 03:19PM

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Such a wide variety of #pink #books in this post. All of them five star reads for different reasons. Especially #AliceinWonderland – A character I would like to steal away with me. #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #sammyreadsjune16 #dawntoduskjune #booklovershowlingjune from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1t4olqY

Read the review for Robin Lockslay

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from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1UsXtXK  Repost from @loutop1a – Check out my review of #RobinLockslay by Lana Pecherczyk @lansi – a fun, flirty gender twist on Robin Hood as you’ve never seen her! http://ift.tt/25IeXLr 

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Z is for Zeal – Self-Publishing from A to Z

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zeal: n Great enthusiasm or eagerness. If you’ve been wondering if you should try the self-publishing route, and not sure if you think you can do it, then this is the post for you. To be successful, you need to have zeal. You need to be enthusiastic and you need to keep that spark alive constantly for a period of time. Nobody got to the top of the mountain by falling there. And if you’re only half-heartedly entering the prospect of self-publishing, you won’t succeed. How to tell if you’ve got the zeal for self-publishing … Is it hard to fall asleep …