How to write a romantic book: 5 mistakes to avoid
Learning how to write a romantic book also means learning to avoid common romance writing mistakes. The best romance writers excel at finding romantic story ideas and fleshing them out with memorable character relationships. Here are 5 romance writing mistakes to avoid:
1: Avoid immediate, total attraction between your story’s lovers
The process of characters falling in love is half the adventure and excitement of many great romance novels. You might ask ‘What about Romeo and Juliet?’
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Four Kinds of Pace
What do we mean by pace? Generally, it’s taken to mean the activity level of a plot. When lots of outward and visible events occur, especially in rapid succession, pace is said to be fast. When a novel is more contemplative and less active, it’s pace is slow.
Fast pace is associated with commercial novels and slow pace with literary fiction. Fast is thought to be commercially successful; slow is feared to be critically successful. Fast is cheap but makes big money; slow is highly valuable but makes little. So it is thought. That’s as far as the discussion of pace usually goes.
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9 Story Openings To Avoid
By Kristin Nelson & Angie Hodapp
Last month, Angie Hodapp and I co-taught an opening-pages workshop at a day-long education event for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. First time ever Angie and I teamed up to hopefully bring wit and wisdom to writers who want to work on craft. We had an absolute blast.
We identified several story openings that usually spell trouble for aspiring writers who are looking for representation. As the participants frantically took notes, I looked at Angie and said, “This would be awesome for our newsletter.” She agreed. Thus, this series of articles was born!
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Fear of Success: 5 Signs You May Be Secretly Afraid of Publishing Success
What is “Publishing Success?”
Our culture attaches all sorts of romantic ideas to the business of writing. Beginning writers tend to conjure up nostalgic writer fantasies like Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris reveries and ignore the boring facts of what it’s like to actually write for a living in the 21st century.
I understand why newbies don’t want to know what’s under the hood of the industry when they’re starting out. If they did, they probably wouldn’t get past page one of their first story.
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