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Metaphor and Simile – Writing Tip

May 2, 2017 12:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

From Shakespeare: Metaphor It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Simile O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! Her beauty hangs upon the cheek of night, Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear. Metaphor makes equivalence, while simile uses ‘like’ and ‘as.’ Simile is an... read more

First-Person Narration and the Novel

March 3, 2017 7:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I originally published this article on my Goodreads page (come follow me!), but I realized I have not talked about all the misconceptions surrounding the romance genre here, so I’m reposting this blog for you all to read today. It centers on first-person narration. It is a truism that many first novels... read more

Romance Subgenres: An Overview (Repost)

February 17, 2017 2:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s still Valentine’s Day week! So I thought it would be fun to share my overview of romance subgenres.  My quest as a romance writer is to mine the riches of as many of the romance subgenres as I possibly can. The major division is between historical and contemporary: Historicals... read more

English Settings III: Americanisms/Anachronisms

December 27, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This blog on Americanisms is the sequel to English Settings I: Britishisms and English Settings II: British Slang. I’ll start where I started twice before: So you’re an American novelist and you’ve chosen to set your story in England. That’s great. But now here’s your problem: English. Namely, American English.... read more

English Settings II: British Slang

December 23, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

British Slang is a sequel to English Settings I: Britishisms. I’ll start where I started before: So you’re an American novelist and you’ve chosen to set your story in England. That’s great. But now here’s your problem: English. In my earlier blog I said that British slang was a category... read more

English Settings I: Britishisms

December 20, 2016 5:05 pm Published by 2 Comments

So you’re an American novelist and you’ve decided to set your story in England. That’s great. But now here’s your problem: English. You need to get a handle on Britishisms. If your story is set in France it’s perfectly legit for your characters not to speak French if they happen... read more

Seduction, The Art Of – a Writing Tip

December 6, 2016 9:00 am Published by 2 Comments

Speaking of seduction, Casanova comes to mind. The title image is a partial of the movie poster for Casanova. He is an example of the Ideal Lover. I recommend Robert Greene’s The Art of Seduction to romance writers or any writer – or to anybody who is interested in seducing... read more