An author on my Twitter shared this note they wrote at a writing event. It’s so short and precise that I had to take a screenshot of it. I can’t remeber who shared this on their feed, and I hope they don’t mind that I shared at here. It was so helpful to me and kept me focused while writing my synopsis that I thought I’d share it here.
I love reading cheat sheets like this. I definitely do not study them and stick to them religiously but they are helpful. One thing I’ve learned about body langauge in novels, is to not make too much use of them. It would be like overusing dailogue tags. The story would consist of nothing but characters’ body language, at least that’s what it would seem like to the reader.
With everything in writing we have to be careful of how we used it.
I found this one on Pinterest and there are more like them that include different body language you can look up.
Every bit of writing advice/tip I’ve shared so far are ones I’ve used and re-used myself. This one in particular I stumbled across last year and..it messed me up!
I was on my second paranormal romance. I’d typed the end. But I wasn’t feeling as confident about it as I should.
I had a completed manuscript, ready for edits and I couldn’t make myself get it submission ready.
Until I read this.
Everything fell into place like it had never before. I rewrote the first chapter, then the next and when I came to the third chapter I had to ask myself what I had been doing with the first manuscript. And the first one was by no means a first draft. Let me just clear that up. It was a fifth draft. One that I felt okay about getting submission ready. Which meant self-editing.
I wrote all about this journey here on wordpress and on my Facebook page. I think I frustrated some of my readers because they were expecting another paranormal romance right after The Wolf’s Choice and here I was rewriting the whole book. Basically writing a new book.
I’m not going to lie, this was work. It had me busy up until December 31st, but it was worth it. I was excited to share my story with the world. I recommend this piece of advice to anyone who has ever had a completed manuscript but didn’t quite feel as confident about it as they should.
These are but a few examples of names that can inspire an author.
In my latest story the charcters changed names so many times that by the end of 2018 I had to keep reminders close by on who was who. From the main characters to the villian to secondary characters and flat characters. It was crazy at one point.
Here’s the thing…in books a name does matter. Forget what Shakespeare said, a character’s name introduces not just who they are but what they are to the reader. Tate does give off cheerful vibes and Grayson does make you think of someone mature and with wisdom. Grayson is a strong name. Solid. I would go so far as to say responsible. The same as Michael.
If you’re a writer and you find yourself obsessing about character names, than you are on the right track. Because names are important.
I love movies. And I love analyzing movie scripts and taking tips from them for novel writing.
Sometimes it feels dangerous to have so many pages to tell your story on. So dangerous in fact, you can write yourself in circles. There seems to be no end. With movie scripts there’s no place for endless pieces of paper…for endless scenes…chapters. Looking at the bones of a movie script helps me to get to the bones of a manuscript. Then I do what all novelist do, I add the ‘meat’ of the story.
This piece of advice has become really helpful in grounding my writing. I hope it helps you too *smile*
This is a helpful tip for romance writers. I recently read a book where everything emotion/thought was over analyzed and I kept saying, “Just show the story. I get it. Your character feels like crap right now…but for goodness-sake can we get on with it!”
This is where a beta reader, editor or friend can come in handy. I usually give msyelf permission on the first draft and even second to get everything out. Then during edits and rewrites I check everything.
From the get-go I’ve been a strong writer when it comes to character development. The emotional journey is important to me. But I’ll never over do it and bog the story down or lose intrigue. The character can’t be self-aware from the beginning.
This tip is very useful and a nice reminer when self-editing.
All my books have different openings. And I’m sure a lot of writers can say that.
My latest work in progress starts with an action. I had rewritten it so many times. I do believe the type of opening allows the reader to know what pace the story’s going to be.
JRR Tokien let’s you know off the bat you need to sit back, get comfortable because you’re in for a journey. While Jane Austen makes you think “oh crap, she’s going to let us have it” and you sit up with a grin on your face.
We all know this, our opening setences/chapters are the most important. Which explains why we struggle with it so much.
One thing I do to get over that struggle is to give myself permission to suck horribly with the knowledge that I can always rewrite! *laughs*
Funnily enough, this was a hard one for me to grasp in recent years.
As someone who wanted to write for Harlequin, I literally entered their So You Think You Can Write competition as a newbie author with no know-how whatsover. I wrote the kind of novel I thought they would want.
When I didn’t make the cut, I looked at my novel again and rewrote some of it. But it still had that Harlequin vibe. My second contemporary romance I wrote again for a Harlequin writing competition. I made it to the top 5, but didn’t win. That novel was also geared towards the publisher and though I cared about the story (like I do with all my writing), it wasn’t like this quote from Laini Taylor.
The Wolf’s Choice became this quote for me. If I walked into a bookstore or if I was browsing online in an e-bookstore…what book, what story will intrigue me?
It took me three books to get to a place as an author where I’m more interested in writing stories for myself than what I think I publisher wants.
I’m a romance author. If you didn’t know I just wanted to put it out there before you burn me at the stake for putting a ‘kissing tip’ here.
The topic got my attention last year when a Facebook writer friend had a mini ‘rant’ about kisses in romance novels that start with the guy kissing the girl to silence her. I didn’t know that could be upsetting to a reader. So I went and did a little search on kisses and also different types of kisses in novels.
So here are a top 20 kisses you can find in romance novels and of cousre other types of novels too.