Can Self-Awareness Make You Write Faster?

We have a treat of a guest post this week from R.L. Syme (writing as Becca Boyd). It’s a preview of her series of articles on Self-Awareness coming in RWA’s Romance Writer Report beginning in this month’s December issue.

Everyone wants to write faster and better. Right?

Most people think there’s one way to write faster or better. Somebody’s had success doing “faster” by sprinting, so that’s the way to do it. Somebody else has gone “faster” by outlining ahead, so that’s the way to do it.

Who’s right? Continue reading

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Coming Dec. 4th… Antagonists & Villains

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A good love story isn’t a great one without a powerful obstacle in the way. We love writing about our heroes and heroines falling in love, but as important is a formidable villain or antagonist – someone who gets in their way. It makes our characters fight harder for their love and adds invaluable conflict to the story. But writing those bad guys and gals isn’t always easy for us romance writers.

Come chat with us about how you write your antagonists and learn how others do it too. See you Sunday 4pm PST / 7pm EST!

~Robin Lovett

Coming Nov. 27th… Self-Awareness

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Sometimes we get in our own way. We have goals and things we want to achieve with our writing but getting there… it just somehow doesn’t happen. Outside forces are often the cause, but often there are things we can do differently to help ourselves. But figuring out which of our ingrained habits are inhibiting us isn’t easy. It takes fortitude and no small amount of self-awareness to discover our optimal habits for success.

 

Join us this Sunday to chat about the things we can learn about ourselves that will make our writing easier.

See you at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST!

~Robin Lovett

Coming Nov. 18th… Conflict

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A novel isn’t a page turner without conflict. Conflict is what keeps us on the edge of seats worried about what will happen next. But managing conflict as a writer–planning it, producing it, keeping it–is an exercise in stamina. Beginning a novel with enough conflict to last until the end isn’t easy. Add in the struggle to keep the conflict ball in the air chapter after chapter,  it takes a lot of practice.

Conflict stems from two main sources:

  • External conflict--the plot, the events, the other people in the story– the things that come at the heroine from outside and keep her from reaching her goal.
  • Internal conflict–the internal struggle of the character, the flaws, the past wounds, the emotional barriers–those are the things that thwart the hero from inside himself.

Balancing external and internal conflict is like walking a tight rope. There has to be enough external conflict to keep the over arching plot moving without stalling. But there has to be enough internal struggle to keep the reader emotionally engaged in the stakes till the end.

We love our characters and the temptation to make things easier for them, to help them fall in love sooner, reach that happily ever-after faster, is possibly the worst enemy of our story. If it’s too easy for them, who wants to read that? There’s no reason to keep turning pages. But if we torture them and employ my favorite technique from James Scott Bell, “What’s the worst that can happen?”, then we come up with the kind of books we can never get enough of–even after the HEA.

Join us for our chat on conflict Sunday at 4:00 pm PST / 7:00 pm EST.

~Robin Lovett

 

 

Coming Nov. 13… The First Draft

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It’s NaNoWriMo season which means lots of us are slogging away at putting thousands of words on a blank page every day. Creating something out of nothing can be exhausting. Do you prepare with an outline or fly by the seat of your pants? If you plot, how do you cope when things go off track from the plan? If you’re a pantser, how do you deal with the inevitable scary moment of “I have no idea what happens next?”

Come share with everyone how you cope with the challenges of writing from scratch. And hear how others manage it too.

See you 4pm PST / 7pm EST!

~Robin Lovett

Guest Post: Romancing the Blog

Four Ways Blogging Can Boost Your Author Brand

by Eliza David

Writing romance is time consuming. The drafts, the revisions, the writer blocks, the plot bunnies – it can take over your life.  So why should you invest more time writing in a blog?

Although writing diverse romantic fiction is my first priority, my blog is a crucial component of my platform.  I consider it my space beyond my novels. It supports my brand and boosts my profile.  Here are four ways to make blogging an integral part of your author arsenal as well: Continue reading