Writing Romance Articles

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

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Enriching Your Story

July 16, 2015 6:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In Three Tips for Creating Good Dialogue I mention the technique of imagining what other art form your story could be in order for you to get a sense of the proportion of dialogue to narration. As an example here I suggest that Jane Austen novels are minuets, unhurried, elegant,... read more

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The Peculiarly American Love of Self-Help

July 13, 2015 8:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: I wrote this blog after reading Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. Vintage Book, Random House, 2013. The HBO documentary Going Clear was aired in April, 2015. “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found... read more

All Eyes on Her concept in New Adult Romance Novels

All Eyes On Her

April 9, 2015 5:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Lately I’ve been reading New Adult fiction, mostly sports-themed romances. A recurrent feature of these stories has caught my attention. It’s the moment in the narrative when the heroine experiences “all eyes on her.” One story, featuring a college football hero, has the wildly improbable scene where the star player... read more

Writing sex scenes in fiction (not just romance novels)

Sex, Outrageous Reversals, and Romance Novels

February 6, 2015 10:35 pm Published by 1 Comment

In Creation of the Sacred. Tracks of Biology in Early Religions Walter Burkert, Professor of Classics at the University of Zurich, writes: ”We must acknowledge the highly ambivalent status of sex in all human societies, with all sorts of disclaimers, secrecy, and repression, and the concomitant possibility of outrageous reversals.”... read more

How I Create Historical Atmosphere

January 5, 2015 3:11 pm Published by 1 Comment

Science fiction, fantasy, and historical novels bring to life worlds unknown to the reader. Science fiction and fantasy novels invent ones that never existed or don’t yet exist, while historical novels invoke ones that once existed. The standard definition of the most recent temporal limit of a historical at any... read more

genre etiquette referencing romance novels

Genre Etiquette

December 11, 2014 10:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?” Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey The broader context of Austen’s authorial intrusion is the following: “I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel-writers, of degrading... read more

the romance novel is an art form, painting the love relationship in its many colors

The Romance Novel as an Art Form

July 16, 2014 11:18 pm Published by 1 Comment

I don’t have to go out on a limb to say this, because I’m already out on that limb: the romance novel is an art form. Yes, it’s an art form like any other. It’s a very popular art form, which means in terms of numbers of practitioners, it’s at... read more