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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

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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 and I’m reposting it here. It centers on first-person narration. It is a truism that many first novels are written in first-person narration. This choice makes sense for a couple of reasons. For one, the first-time novelist is probably bursting with the... read more

Enriching your story writing by asking questions.

Story Focus: Ask Yourself a Question

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

When I’m writing fiction, I’m always asking myself, “What am I working on?” This question helps me to give my story focus. My first novel, My Lord Roland (affiliate), was set in mid-13th-century England. My goal was to create a reliable first-person narrator. I wanted Marguerite to offer the reader an... read more

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New Adult Fiction: 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

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Outrageous Reversals, Sex and Romance Novels

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

I’ve just finished Creation of the Sacred. Tracks of Biology in Early Religions by Walter Burkert, Professor of Classics at the University of Zurich, who 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... read more

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Genre Etiquette: Politeness, Please

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

An example of good genre etiquette: Jane Austen sets the good genre etiquette tone: “If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?” Northanger Abbey The broader context of Austen’s authorial intrusion is the following: “I will... 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