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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 …

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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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 …

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Book Review – Happy People Read & Drink Coffee

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I started this book about five times, cried like I was in a Cold Play song and then gave up. But with a book cover and a title like that, who can resist? If you’ve ever suffered a great loss, the start of the book really gets to you. The main character Diane, suddenly loses the two major loves of her life. Her husband and daughter. A year later she moves to Ireland in an attempt to get away from her demanding family and the pressure to get over it. Of course she meets a grumpy but sexy Irish man who …

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Y is for YOLO – Making friends for scaredy writer cats

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In case you’ve lived under a rock these last few years, YOLO means: You only live once. There are many devils on your shoulder when you are a writer. The same goes for any creative industry that falls under the daily scrutiny of consumers. Self-publishing is even worse! You’ve got the pressure of producing a quality book on your own that takes an entire publishing team to do traditionally. So many thoughts might travel through your head that, when piled on top of the other, can weigh you down so much that you might not get up again. There’s one saying that I use (thanks …

X is for Xerox

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I know, I know. Xerox? It’s a bit of a stretch, but when it comes to thinking of something to do with Self-Publishing that starts with X I had no other ideas. In Australia we don’t really use the term Xerox very much, but i’m going to use it here to symbolise the action of copying. So, the moral of this post is … ALWAYS MAKE COPIES OF YOUR WORK. Make copies of your working manuscripts. Make copies of your design files. Make copies of your website. You name it – copy it. I can’t stress how important it is …

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V is for Voice – Self-publishing from A to Z

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When someone says a writer has great voice, they aren’t talking about the sound coming out of their mouth. Whaaaat? But that’s what a voice is, I hear you say. Well, in writer terms, voice is your unique writing style. You could pick up a book by the same author and know it’s theirs without ever seeing the cover. When I was beginning, it took me a while to understand this, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far. How does your voice differ from another writer? Examples … Mary Janice Davidson is a romance writer who is …

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T is for Tools

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There are so many tools and resources out there, how do you know which ones to use? The short answer is you can’t be sure until you try them for yourself. But if you want a list of tools and resources I use, here they are… Blogs Helping Writers Become Authors The Book Designer Now Novel Blots and Plots She’s Novel Romance Writers of Australia … or America Janice Hardy More at my Pinterest board .. Podcasts Sell more books show So you want to be a writer Writing Excuses Books Style Manual My Novel Writing Workbook (gotta plug it …

15 Awesome books to help make you a better writer

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Hello writers! I’m trying something new today. I’m on the train and doing a bit of multitasking because you may have noticed I’ve been a little slack lately on the bloggesphere. I’m back at work full time, looking after 2 little kids with a FIFO husband and writing, or working with RWA with my spare time. So, I figure, there’s got to be some benefits I can share from me working in a bookstore. Yes! Here are 15 great books I think are totally tops for writers. A is for Arsenic – this is a fab little compendium that shows …

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S is for Strategy – Self-Publishing from A to Z

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So, you may not know this but even published authors need to manage their own book marketing. That’s right, you heard me. Unless you’re Stephen King or the next Pulitzer prize winner, you will have to manage your own book marketing. So why not learn what you can anyway? How are you going to make your book stand out? Strategy is like spear fishing with your eyes open. Trying to self-publish without strategy is like trying to spear a fish with your eyes closed. That’s a total random metaphor but I hope you get the drift; you need to see …