Favorite Hero Archetypes

I write romance, which means I come across similar character archetypes regularly. The fun part of these as an author is taking something well-known and putting my own fun spin on it. The fun part of these as a reader is having my favorite archetypes to read. I'm drawn to certain archetypes more than others.... Continue Reading →

Halloween Monsters: Zombies

Okay, so technically mummies are more traditional as Halloween monsters than zombies. BUTthe new season of The Walking Dead starts today, so my next Halloween monster is zombies. ­čÖé Unlike with many of the Halloween creatures Ive been looking at, where┬ávarious cultures across the world have some form dating back to antiquity , zombies seem... Continue Reading →

Perfect Is Boring

As romance readers and writers we can easily fall into the trap of perfect. This is, after all, fiction and involves a certain amount (some romance books more than others) of fantasy. If you could fantasize your perfect guy and put him on paper what characteristics would you include? Most, including me, would probably describe... Continue Reading →

Editing Technique: Ask Questions

I received comments back from a new beta reader for me the other day, and something she did really struck home. She asked questions! Lots of them. It occurred to me that this was a fabulous technique which filled a personal gap for me in terms of my writing. I am not naturally a questioner,... Continue Reading →

Adding Character to a Scene in Layers

I consider myself to be a character driven writer.┬áThe tricky part with writing side characters is giving them a voice without letting them take over the page, but at the same time not letting them just be place holders or extras in the scene. Even harder, I find, is writing a cast of characters and... Continue Reading →

Going Overboard with Deep POV

Im going to take a moment for a mini-rant today about deep POV. For those who dont know, I define Deep POV as this: when you are writing a character you are as deep into their point of view (POV) as you can get, trying to express their reactions, thoughts, feelings, and experiences (sensory or... Continue Reading →

The Little Things: And, But, So, Then…

At the moment I'm balancing several projects in various states. I was in the process of getting beta reads done on my contemporary skydiving book and got feedback from Wendy that I'd developed the habit of starting sentences with "And" and "But" more frequently. Sure enough, I did a search and it was an embarrassing... Continue Reading →

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