You may remember I interviewed author Heather Greenis a while back about just after the release of the first novel in Natasha’s Saga. All four novels in the saga have now been released, and so I’ve invited author Heather Greenis back in order to find out how she went about writing a story of this…… Continue reading Heather Greenis on writing Natasha’s Saga
This post by Mona Karel was originally written for Marketing for Romance Writers . Point of view is something that writers often struggle with, as Mona explains here, and so I thought this was worth sharing. Hope you find it useful! * We hear a lot about Point of View (POV) and how some well…… Continue reading There is a Point Behind Point of View
Are you a writer? If so, how do you organise all your notes and research as you write? If you’re like me, you’ll have bits and pieces everywhere. I’m quite an organised person, but even so, I find I have a notebook full of random ideas that occur to me as I’m thinking about something…… Continue reading Using Scrivener as part of the writing process
Last week author friend Jenny Barden invited me to describe my writing process as part of a writers’ blog tour (you’ll have guessed this already from my blog’s title :) ) Jenny Barden is a historical romance writer and author of Mistress of the Sea and The Lost Duchess. You can find out more about…… Continue reading My Writing Process – Blog Tour
Recently I came across this interesting article on Wonkomance about how readers ‘see’ the characters in a book in their imagination. It got me thinking about how much – or how little – detail writers need to give about a character’s physical appearance in order for readers to develop an inner picture. What constitutes a…… Continue reading Appearance is everything – or is it? How much character description should a writer give?
I’ve been a member of the group Marketing for Romance Authors for quite a while, and I also follow their blog. We’ve been talking about using Pinterest recently, which isn’t something I know a lot about. Fortunately there are lots of authors in the MFRW with plenty of expertise, so with their permission, I’ve reproduced…… Continue reading Just Pin It! Marketing for Romance Writers and #Pinterest
Last year I was delighted to get to know author John B. Rosenman, retired English professor from Norfolk State University. John previously designed and taught a course in how to write Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Horror Writers’ Association and has published approximately 350 stories and…… Continue reading Repeated patterns in your writing: sifting the good from the bad
If you read my post last week on writing a synopsis, you’ll know that author James Crofoot is here at a very timely time for me. (Timely time? I expect an editor would make me change that!) James is here to tell us why it’s so important to edit your manuscript thoroughly before you submit…… Continue reading Polish your manuscript until it shines. Author James Crofoot on the importance of editing
Well, the good news is I’ve finally finished writing my latest book! Hooray! The bad news is, now I have to write the synopsis :( which is causing me as much stress as writing the whole novel. You might know already that publishers and editors need to read a synopsis of a book first before…… Continue reading How to write a synopsis without stressing
I love January the first. It’s symbolic of a new start, and a chance to put everything right. I love that feeling of de-cluttering. One of the things I want to do better this year – in fact the main thing – is to write more, and write more productively. I had two contemporary romances…… Continue reading A way to write more productively – and it works!