Stretching the Truth

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”

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What is Your Quest?

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?”

What Are We Drinking?

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?”

My Genre, Love It or Leave It

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”