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December 15, 2009

Character and Building it

There’s been a lot of discussion over at http://jackieashenden.blogspot.com/ about characterization. One of the commenters suggested using astrology to help nail down a character, and that got me thinking of all kind of fun things a person might try… The Myers-Briggs personality test…taken as your hero or heroine of course! Here’s a link: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp After […]

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December 14, 2009

Professionalism

I’ve often joked that the process of submission, rejection, revision, submission, revision…so forth…is like the world’s longest job interview. Your submission is your resume and the ensuing revisions and contact with the editor are like your interview. Can you take direction? Do you meet deadlines? Are you easy to work with? Or are you a […]

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December 7, 2009

Music and Writing

This conversation got started on Twitter and I thought I’d move it over here. For me, music is just about the ultimate inspiration. I’m from a musical family, married to a musician, and it’s always been a hugely important part of my life. (right up there with books!) I have a playlist that is home […]

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November 30, 2009

Get Published Quick! Write a Romance! (or…hahahahahahaha!)

We had an interesting discussion in my crit group yesterday about loving your genre. Because if you don’t, your reader will notice. If you’re cynical about romance, or find the genre to be beneath you, the reader will notice. Now, I think the majority of romance writers really love the genre, but I do think […]

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November 27, 2009

Alphas Again

Okay, yes, perhaps I’ve over posted on alphas. But they’re darn tricky to write, because there is a fine line to walk between alpha and alphole sometimes, and no one wants to write the latter! So my dear sister, Aideen, sent me this lovely quote that she saw on a documentary last night and I […]

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November 23, 2009

The Internal Conflict, and How it conflicts Me Internally

I’ve done a post on internal conflict before, but it bears repeating. I give the whole subject a lot of thought, after all. As we all should, since getting it wrong seems to earn a lot of very talented writers some very fast rejection letters! I was fortunate that my own conflict issue has only […]

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November 12, 2009

Building Character

So, I’m starting a new MS and of course, this means I’m creating a new set of characters. Ideas always come to me a little bit differently, sometimes the characters come first, sometimes a scenario comes first. When the scenario comes first I tend to think ‘well, okay…what characters would have the most conflict with […]

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November 9, 2009

Revisions

I’ve mentioned in past posts that I consider revision letters to be little chunks of gold. And being the proud owner of three, count ’em, three, that pertain to the same manuscript, I’m starting to get an idea of some of the pitfalls we unpublished writers can fall into. So, I thought I would talk […]

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November 5, 2009

Alpha-betizing Your Hero!

Okay, image is kind of unrelated, I just love this cover*. But really, this guy is pretty hot, can you blame me? Ahem… When I received my first revision letter back on Oct. of ’08, for the partial MS I had submitted, one of the main things the editor wanted me to change was the […]

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November 2, 2009

The Alpha Male *hoooowwwwl*

Ah, the Alpha Male. He’s the cornerstone of the bulk of the category romances. He’s the ultimate feminine fantasy, the untamable, seemingly complete man who has everything (and every woman) his heart desires, and yet when he meets the heroine, our ‘everygirl’, he realizes that she’s the one thing he doesn’t have, and she’s the […]

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