I was so determined to write that scene then, the day of his departure, to prove I wasn't too overwrought. I wanted it to be a symbolic, ironic act, affirming that hadn't been the right relationship anyway
As a writer, I'm a ruler-wielding, bespectacled School Mistress of Pain .... But once the books are out there, it's not as if I can rap readers' knuckles as they turn the pages.
malleate, verb Original definition: to beat or shape with a hammer Adapted use: as a less crude alternative to "hammer" or "pound" As a bonus, this word has a pleasant rhythm and sound When writing explicit content, how do we bridge the gap between crude/pornographic language and flowery euphemisms? I like some dirty talk, but … Continue reading New Erotic Vocabulary! malleate
I am the worst at predicting how many words my stories and novels will be When I decided on a plot concept for an anthology submission, I worried about making the 8,000 word minimum. Today, the day of the deadline, I had to cut 1,000 words to make the 15,000 word maximum. The story was … Continue reading Self-Destructive Underestimation
When a writer creates a hero that's too many things, she has to fill the reader's expectations for that hero, plot-wise and romance-wise. Juggling too many and fitting them all in one book is difficult—though not impossible—and makes the story and the hero seem over the top.
Yes, mentally, Charlotte is still a woman, and proves to be more than capable of doing a "man's" job, working as a secretary, but physically she is no longer the "fairer sex." Charlotte proves her mental and emotional mettle, but by transforming, she doesn't validate that women are physically as capable as men.
When the hero and heroine DON'T have a telepathic relationship exactly... Reversing or confounding mental invasion in vampire romances indicates significant change to the archetype. In monster theory, one of the vampire's greatest weapons is the ability to penetrate personal sanctums/the mind. Also note that the telepathic abilities are a burden to the possessor, causing … Continue reading Trope Sighting! Vampires and Telepathy
Tonight I attended a Forum on Publishing, featuring author Emily Fridlund, her agent Nicole Aragi and editor Elisabeth Schmitz for her book History of Wolves. They talked through the very traditional process of her novel being acquired by agent and then by a publisher. While the editor and agent work strictly in literary fiction, which … Continue reading Forum on Publishing: Author, Agent, Editor
Bless their hearts, whatever they were thinking, including all the guys with the next "Great American Novel," they didn't laugh. And damn it, the number of people who read the genre gives the concept validity. Explaining the concepts to those unfamiliar with the genre, standing up for them, has made me take a harder look at the common core of paranormal romance.
When the hero or heroine's financial motivations for marriage (in Regency romance) nearly destroy their chance at true love His Profit Motive: the hero is in dire financial straights (rarely of his making) and needs to marry an heiress, and almost marries the wrong woman or forsakes the woman he loves Ex: The Untamed Heiress … Continue reading Trope Sighting! Search for an Heiress, Finding a Penniless Maid