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Sense of Smell – a Writing Tip

May 9, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It is a truism that beginning writers stick fairly closely to the senses of sight and sound and tend to ignore the sense of smell. I, therefore, challenge beginning writers to try their hand at a werewolf romance. The minute werewolves come into the picture the sense of smell steps... read more

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

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

Independent Publishing: Pros and Cons

November 22, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As all writers know at this point, the great changes in the publishing industry in the past 10 – 15 years have made it possible for authors, like artists in the music world, to become their own producers. Independent publishing has its pros and cons. The pros of independent publishing... read more