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 … Read More
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 … … Read More
With the new year comes hopeful organisation tactics. One of them is tidying up my old – soon to be closed – blog and bringing over any writing related items. Download these popular free printables and stick them to your wall for quick reference, or put them in your classroom. So far I’ve done writing aids for the sounds of your voice, words to use instead of look, touchy feely words and change the way you go. Are there any other words you can think of that need alternatives handy for quick reference? Or maybe something on using all of your … Read More
Every now and then I like to create another writing aid to pin to my writers pin board. These types of printables help me to access those parts of my brain that have been turned to mush during Nanowrimo. Use your senses when you write. Click on the image to download a PDF printable of ‘Touchy Feely’ words to pin to your inspiration board.
Nanowrimo is in full swing, and I seem to be keeping up to date but there are a few things that help me along the way. I’m a graphic designer so I like to make pretty posters to stick up on my pin board in front of my work station. These are quick reference guides that help me avoid stopping the flow to look up appropriate words or ideas. The latest creation comes in my Ultimate Novel Editing Kit (you can get the whole thing for free by signing up to my newsletter, or purchase it at my Etsy store). … Read More
I’m learning to write. Well, I should start that again. I’m learning to write a novel, and write it well. I found that I was lacking in a bit of auditory sensory description so created myself a printout I could stick on the wall in front of my laptop to remind myself to include descriptions of one’s voice. I got these words from the Macmillan Dictionary website. Its free to download. I hope you find it useful. There’s more words to use if you follow the link above.