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Halloween romances

Halloween Romances: On Holiday Themes

October 30, 2018 5:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Halloween romances are a more vexed sub-genre than I would have thought. However, after reading a bunch this week, I now know they have two big problems to surmount. [Get started writing your own Halloween romance with my complete guide on writing a book.] First, effective titles are restricted by... read more


The Lawyer and the Romance Novelist

October 16, 2018 6:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

How does this one go? Let’s see …. High-powered divorce lawyer who doesn’t believe in love meets master carpenter who moonlights as a romance writer, sparks fly …. No, this post isn’t about meet-cute scenarios. It’s about a romance novelist who is also a lawyer. In real life. Seven of... read more

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Jan Cox Speas: One of My Heroes

May 15, 2018 1:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re a writer or any other kind of artist you might like to take a look at Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work! which addresses the pleasures and perils of creativity in the age of the Internet. One of his suggestions is for writers to share their influences. I regularly share... read more

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Plot Form: Want to Try a New One?

May 11, 2018 5:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I love adapting to my writing craft ideas from artists other than novelists. For instance, I’ve learned a lot from painters. Recently I ran across the work of Paula Vogel, a Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright and her student Sarah Ruhl, also an accomplished playwright and a MacArthur recipient. Vogel identifies six plot forms... read more