So there I was, happily browsing the #WriterCommunity tag on Twitter, when I saw The Question. Someone wanted to know if a Romance needed a happy ending. Life happens! HEAs are unrealistic! And her story is So Much More! All the things anyone who writes Romance has seen argued over and over and OVER again. Continue reading The R Word. Again
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. Continue reading Dark Attraction – Loving the Bad Boys
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. Continue reading Writing the Enemies to Lovers Trope
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 this happened. I think the drive is salvageable, but with it being Easter, my tech guy is unavailable. So I can’t work on this particular story for the moment.
Yet I’m not about to roll over and give up. I discovered that I’d saved a sci fi romance series to OneDrive, so I’ve gone back to that. It’s had a few attempts, always dying out around chapter two, but on reviewing the last iteration, I realised I was approaching the story wrong. Now I’ve a firm direction and am writing from first person POV, it’s whipping along nicely.
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. Continue reading Writers’ Hashtags For Twitter
“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. Continue reading Future-Proofing Your Writing Time