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compelling openings

Compelling Openings: A How To

March 22, 2019 7:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A beginning writer recently asked me how to create compelling openings, thus prompting this blog. I have chosen to explain what I did to write Chapter One of John Carter’s Conundrum. I chose it because my editor noted at the end of the first chapter: “You’re writing to all your... read more

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

The Romance Novel as an Art Form

January 25, 2019 11:18 pm Published by 1 Comment

This post on art form was first published on July 16 2014. Here’s a bold thought: the romance novel is an art form. Yes, it’s an art form like any other. It’s a very popular art form. In terms of numbers of practitioners, it’s at a polar opposite from, say,... read more

ending

Ending: Where To Finish Your Story

December 4, 2018 6:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Ending your story is not necessarily easier than beginning your story, but the difficulties surrounding these two story moments are different.  My previous post was Beginning: Where To Start Your Story, whose major lesson is: Start your story as close to the end as possible. Okay, where is the end?... read more