6 Common Male Archetypes: Beast, Charmer, Neanderthal, Ruler, Second Son, and Slave/Prisoner of War
7 Common Female Archetypes: Damsel in Distress, Rescued Damsel, Earth Mother, Female Warrior, Goody Two Shoes, Translator, and Wanderer
Bites, Lashes, Trauma, and Plot Device When the heroine has scars—indicative of a brutal backstory—which she considers disfiguring and the hero assures her are a testament of her strength The violence or abuse that caused the scars will typically interfere in the romantic relationship. At the very least because the heroine thinks she's not good … Continue reading Archetype Sighting! Scarred Heroine
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