Dark Attraction – Loving the Bad Boys

Cliff Simon says he likes playing the bad guy because “they’re more fun.” This is true because, even in a fantasy world, being ‘good’ means following rules, be that official ones or the character’s moral code. The bad guys aren’t constrained by those rules and so their characters are freer. I mention Cliff because he …

Writing the Enemies to Lovers Trope

Enemies-to-lovers is my favourite romantic trope. There’s nothing more satisfying than reading about/watching two characters who are polar opposites* reluctantly fall for each other. Yet writing this trope can be tricky – you want to make their love seem improbable without making it impossible. * There are exceptions that I don’t believe are romantic and …

Ahh, nuts

The pup has wrecked my thumb drive. This has everything on – photos for my business, invoices, con photos… and all my writing. I can’t access any of it which is not good. Really not good. I’ve been writing a romantic suspense with magical elements. I got just over 5K done for Camp NaNo when …

Writers’ Hashtags For Twitter

Twitter is a great resource for writers and authors, no matter what stage of the writing process you’re at. There are tags for when you’re writing and editing, for when you’re hunting agents/publication, and for once you have your book out.

WriYe Blog Circle ~ Editing

Describe your editing process. I tend to micro-edit as I write. This involves reworking lines and even entire lines to fit the evolving narrative. Doing this does slow the process down, but on the flip side it produces a very clean manuscript.

Future-Proofing Your Writing Time

“Write every day” is advice that gets banded about a lot in the writing community, usually with several rebuttals because it’s ableist AF. It doesn’t take into account people with physical and/or mental illness. If you’re low on energy or in mood, then the last thing you want to hear is that writers write.

WriYe Blog Circle ~ Romance

Is romance necessary in all fiction? Why or why not? All? Of course not. However, I prefer my fiction to either be romance or at least have an element of it. And not just an aside to draw in romance readers for their dollars – a properly filled out romance, which means that aspect of …

The Longest Month

I am slowly creeping my way back into the writing community after… well, let’s rewind to mid November. My attempt at NaNo had died a death, mostly because I’d been very distracted by woodworking and plans that I and my husband were making at having our own business. We’d even found a premise in Manchester. …