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So You Want to Write
So, you want to write. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject. How do I start a story? Every novel is different in some ways, although I never start writing the actual novel until I have the characters clearly delineated and the plot worked out.
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How to Write a Romance and Get it Published
The questions I’m most frequently asked by unpublished romance writers go something like this: What writing tips or advice have you for a writer who is just starting out? What about publishing my book once it’s finished? Who should I send it to? How much money can I expect to make? What about agents — should I try to get one, or should I save myself the 15% commission?
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What’s on the Horizon
I write big, juicy historical romances for a living. My first novel was published in 1987, when I was the pastoral assistant at First Presbyterian Church, Winnipeg. When my congregation heard that I’d published a book, some thought I’d written a Greek commentary on one of the books of the New Testament; others thought I might have published my prayers or, more doubtfully, my sermons. To put it delicately, they were surprised when they learned the truth.
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Characterization: with the focus on the villain
In a novel, character is everything, the critics say, and I believe them. Think of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Think of the novels of Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Georgette Heyer, Dean Koontz, or whoever happens to be your favorite author.
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The Great Escape
Critics of romances will tell you that romance novels and movies are a form of escape. I agree. I would go even further and say that all forms of popular fiction are fantasies. Readers expect a happy ending or, at the very least, a satisfying ending where the characters learn from their mistakes and where there is hope for their future. Sadly, real life is rarely like this.
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