Spring is here – season of new life and regeneration. And the question for this month’s authors’ Round Robin fits perfectly in the them of spring: How do you breathe life into your characters? I’d been a writer for a long time before I began working as a freelance editor. It wasn’t until I began…… Continue reading How to breathe life into your fictional characters
It’s another month, and another of our authors’ Round Robins. This month our topic is set by author Dr Bob Rich… How can contemporary fiction keep up with our swiftly changing world? Another thought-provoking topic this month. For my take on subject, I’m asking the question Can Chat GPT write a romance novel? Chat GPT,…… Continue reading Can Chat GPT write a romance novel?
At the time of writing we’ve just started a new year – a time many people resolve to write the novel they’ve always wanted to write. If you have a great idea for a story and you’re setting out to write your first draft, even if this isn’t your first novel, I’ve put together this…… Continue reading How to focus on the heart of your novel. Plus, a special offer for writers
Another month, another authors’ Round Robin. And another through-provoking question in our writers’ group… What do you define in your writing about your characters and what do you leave to the reader’s intuition? Is there anything you never tell about a character? There’s a LOT to these questions but they got me thinking in particular…… Continue reading Appearance is everything – or is it? How much character description should a writer give?
This month’s authors’ Round Robin is all about character, and the inspiration for the topic comes from author Connie Vines. Jane Eyre, James Bond, Harry Potter, Fagin, Bridget Jones and Anne of Green Gables – human beings are always interested in the story of other human beings, and we remember the characters in a story…… Continue reading Making Readers Care: 9 Tips on Crafting Compelling Characters
Another month, another authors’ Round Robin! And this month our topic is set by author Rhobin Courtright… How much reading do you do, both for pleasure and for a work in progress? The answer is… a lot! Like nearly all writers I know, I have at least one book on the go all the time.…… Continue reading 8 books for romantic fiction writers for pleasure and research
Another month of the year has gone by, and a terrible month it’s been, both for the world, and for me personally. So I’m especially glad this month to welcome the topic of our authors’ Round Robin, set by author Rhobin Lee Courtright. What messages do your books hold for your readers? I write –…… Continue reading The positive messages of romance novels
It’s the very first authors’ Round Robin of the year, and it’s another thought-provoking topic… …this month set by author Connie Vines: How are you dealing with the COVID pandemic in your contemporary novels/short stories? I try to be an optimist but have to admit I find it very depressing that at the start of…… Continue reading Fiction writers and covid, plus 8 recommended pandemic novels
It’s time for another post in praise of romantic fiction. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might say, ‘Not another article explaining why romance novels are worthy of respect. Do we really need one?’ Sadly, it seems we still do! :( At the end of November, Andrew Holgate, literary editor of…… Continue reading #Respectromfic! In praise of romance, with ten of my favourite romantic novels of the year
In my work as a freelance fiction editor for self-publishing authors, and as a reader for the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme, I sometimes receive manuscripts that aren’t as professionally formatted as they could be. (This is understandable, as no one knows there’s a ‘best way to format a manuscript’ until they’re told!) Image…… Continue reading Formatting your manuscript made easy: some great tips on using Word styles