Note: On the last Sunday of every month, I address staying healthy while writing. Because the longer you live, the more stories you can get out of your head.
We’ve made it past Thanksgiving, the winter holidays of our family’s choice, the alcoholic haze that welcomes in the New Year, the SuperBowl, and Valentine’s Day. We can make it past the chocoholic frenzy that is Spring and Easter, after which we can diet without distraction. Continue reading “Stretching the Truth”
If you take a bunch of writing classes and read books on the craft, which I understand most good romance writers do, you have heard about the Hero’s Arc and/or the Heroine’s Arc. Your characters need to have a purpose or goal, they need to have a weakness or flaw, and they need to change so that they overcome the flaw. But that might not be their quest. Some characters don’t realize what their weakness even is. Continue reading “What is Your Quest?”
Oh, don’t tell me you can’t write an entire book without using it. It just means you are too lazy to define something. I hate it. Not that I think I am perfect, I just see it all over the place and want to scream. Is it just me? Continue reading “It is a Cop Out”
I grew up without an alcoholic father. My parents split before I was a year old, so I didn’t really have to deal with that side of life. Good thing because I had lots of other issues to choose from. But I went through my own drinking phase counter-balanced by a teetotaler phase. These days I have a beer now and then and a martini on special occasions. Continue reading “What Are We Drinking?”
I know I am an oddity in that I have always found the Big V day as a positive one, even though I had no prospects of a happy ever after until I was 40 years old. For some reason, the day of hearts and flowers and the story of a saint who helped women get married always brought me joy. Continue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day”
Beautiful women and sculpted men are very nice to look at. A good-looking couple in a sexy position can make my day. But there is a down side to Eye Candy that you might not see at first. Continue reading “To Eye Candy or Not to Eye Candy”
February is a month when love is in the air, along with loneliness and envy and lots of fun emotions. As a writer of Romance, I find a lot of other writers look down on my genre. It’s been like that for years and contributed to the formation of Romance Writers of America. Big publishers at the writers conventions that were didn’t take romance seriously. Continue reading “My Genre, Love It or Leave It”