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Anatomy of Criticism, Part 3

August 20, 2015 9:02 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: In my previous blog posts Anatomy of Criticism Part I and Anatomy of Criticism Part II, I discuss Northrup Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism (1957). Frye identifies five genres: drama, epic, lyric, history, and novel. He distinguishes among five modes: mythic, romance, high mimetic, low mimetic, and ironic. Two uptakes:... read more

Anatomy of Literary Criticism and Romance Novels

Anatomy of Criticism, Part 2

August 11, 2015 7:45 pm Published by 1 Comment

Note: In Anatomy of Criticism Part 1, I open a discussion of Northrup Frye’s key work Anatomy of Criticism (1957). Frye distinguishes among five genres: drama, epic, lyric, history, and novel. In other words, Frye does not have a notion of genre in terms of what we now call genre... read more

Anatomy of Criticism – Part 1

August 4, 2015 1:09 pm Published by 1 Comment

What is the difference between so-called genre fiction and so-called literary fiction? Another way to ask the question is to wonder: When did genre fiction begin to be called genre fiction? The distinction seems so clear these days when you can walk into a library, a bookstore, or search online... 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

interview with rachel knowles regency history a perfect match

Five Questions with Rachel Knowles

July 9, 2015 9:37 am Published by 2 Comments

One of the wonderful things about the Internet is the ability to connect with and learn from other writers and bloggers. This is the first post in my new series of posts, interviewing some of the intelligent and thoughtful romance writers who share about their craft. My first guest is... read more

MMA romance novel research by writer

MMA Fight Night: A Research Adventure

May 14, 2015 10:08 am Published by 1 Comment

Last month I went to Pensacola, Florida with my friend Gail to attend Island Fights 33, an event with both boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) matches. Roy Jones, Jr. was the headliner – or, as it’s more accurate to say, he was at the top of the card. He’s... read more

New Adult Fiction

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