Deep Point of View and How to Write It

The score sheets from the contest I entered have been amazingly helpful as I edit my story. I am willing to try all their suggestions if it will make the story better. One of them suggested that I learn Deep Point of View and write that way. I’m slowly evolving in that direction on my own and run into certain problems with my critiquers. Continue reading “Deep Point of View and How to Write It”

Courtney Milan Versus the World

I don’t even know how to start with this subject. I am wrapped up in it because I am a member of Romance Writers of America and PAN (Published Author Network) so I am getting information about the situation whether I want to or not. Let me say that Courtney Milan, a Chinese-American romance novelist, is highly successful and would never attack a person about their writing. She might, however, attack their writing. Continue reading “Courtney Milan Versus the World”

The Editing Folder of Doom

I love my live and in-person critique group. We are a wonderful mix of specialties so that each of us focuses on one or two things and we all agree or can argue coherently against any suggested changes. There are five of us and once a month we meet to hand out several pages of our story to each member. The result is that we leave with five copies of part of our novel annotated by ourselves and our friends. Continue reading “The Editing Folder of Doom”

Suffering Characters

I can’t find and don’t remember who said something to the effect of get your characters up to their eyeballs in alligators and then throw stones at them. It’s good advice and looking back at my favorite books and movies, there is a common theme of how close to losing it all the characters came. By the bye, being up to any body part in alligators is a uniquely American phrase. Perhaps in Ancient Egypt, they were up to their asses in asps, but no record has survived. Continue reading “Suffering Characters”

The End of an Error

In the midst of one of the worst financial situations in my life, I had advice from a friend to just self-publish as many books as I could and that the money would follow. It’s that whole “do what you love” thing. I started that with my Regency romances but I also decided to follow another path. I had an amazing idea (I thought) for a paranormal anthology. And it would be one that could keep going forever. I created my world around a pub called The Bowman’s Inn and opened the doors to writers who were interested. Continue reading “The End of an Error”