Coming June 4th . . . Romance Stereotypes

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Let’s face it, romance, in our culture, has a lot of stereotypes around it. People think they know what our genre is about, but in reality, most of them don’t. People assume they know what being a writer involves, but yeah, no.

What kinds of judgments and assumptions have you encountered from others as a romance writer? How have you responded?

Join us to chat about the genre we love on Sunday at 4pm PST / 7pm EST!

~Robin Lovett

Coming Oct. 2nd… Procrastination

rwchat-oct-2It took us till Friday to come up with this Sunday’s topic cuz, yeah, we were procraaaastinating. Every writer does it. It gets in our way. We all lose large amounts of writing time to it. How do you cope with procrastination? What effect does it have on your process and how do you overcome it?

Come with ideas, come with questions. See you Sunday on #rwchat at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST.

~Robin Lovett

Graphic courtesy of Alexis Daria.

Our Point of View on POV

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Since everyone has a different POV on POVs, we thought we’d give you the four POVs of our #RWChat hosts.

“I write dual POV in very close third person,” says KIMBERLY BELL. “I choose dual because I like having the perspective of both of the romantic leads in my story. It allows me to play with misunderstandings and have a bit more flexibility in a character’s behavior because the reader understands the why. I write close third because…writing in first person feels weird to me? I need that little bit of distance to feel like an observer rather than like it’s MY story—but I write third very close, because I enjoy playing with the internal thoughts of my characters and using them to really get you into their personalities.” 

“I’m flexible,” says C.L. Polk. “I’ve written in first person and third at varying narrative distances, but my most comfortable perspective is third person past, written as close to the skin as possible. I tend to limit the number of POV characters to no more than two, which works well for romance novels. Third person close is vivid and personal, and since I want people to connect to the story and characters, I don’t want to hold them at arm’s length.”

“A close third person POV was how I started writing,” says Robin Lovett. “I wrote three novels that way until I decided to try first person present tense to see if I could. As of now, my two first person POV books are the only ones that have sold.  For whatever reason, I’ve had no luck yet with my third person books. I enjoy present tense verbs in the first person because it makes everything feel more immediate and in-the-moment exciting. We each go with our strengths. It takes trial and error to find our voices.” 

“Before I admitted to myself that I wanted to write romance,” says Alexis Daria. “I used to write a lot more in first person (past tense). Now, I write exclusively in third person, but that might change in the future. Sometimes I’ll read scenes out loud to myself, converting them to first person present as I read, in order to get a deeper POV.”

Join us Sunday evening at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST and tell us what your POV is on POV.

 

 

 

 

Coming Sept. 11… Evoking Emotion

RWchat Sept 11We all want to “hook” our readers and the fastest way to do that is by evoking an emotional response. But how do we do that? How do we write an “emotional hook” and once we do that, keep evoking an emotional response strong enough to keep the reader engaged for an entire novel?

Come with your ideas and your questions! See you Sunday at 4pm PST, 7pm EST.

~ Robin Lovett

Coming Aug. 28th… Learning from our Favorite Books

RW chat learning from your favorite booksIt needs to be capitalized, I think. Our FAVORITE BOOKS are like living breathing things to us. But how do we make OUR books like THOSE book?

All of us have favorite authors and favorite series, but when we read, it’s so easy to get lost in the story, we forget to think, how did she do it? Join us next Sunday when we’ll talk about how to learn from our favorite books to help our writing and how to learn from our favorite authors to help our careers.

See you Sunday 7pm EST, 4pm PST!

~Robin Lovett

Core Story—Wtf is that?

The first time I heard about core story, it was at RWA 15 in New York. I got to hear about it from my romance writer hero, Jayne Ann Krentz. (She’s pretty much the author and the person I want to be when I grow up, but we can fangirl about it another time, because Robin and Alexis will probably shank me if I don’t put a blog up soon.)

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Jayne Krentz is my hero. She can be your hero too, if you want. I’m willing to share.

If you follow Jayne at all, you know she has a boatload of pen names. Seven in total, although three are currently active. I found her through Amanda Quick, firmly solidifying my love of historical romance. She pioneered the futuristic/paranormal genre as Jayne Castle, and she freaking kills it under her own name writing contemporary suspense.

Hearing about core story from Jayne Ann Krentz was amazing because…homegirl knows. When you write that many genres under that many names, you find out who you are as a writer. You find out what the heart of the story you’re trying to tell is. I can’t remember what she said her core story was—she said it, I just can’t remember—and I’m not willing to tell you what I think it is. But I know what mine is, so I’ll tell you about that.

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Coming Aug. 14th… Core Story

RWchat Aug 14“Telling the story only you can tell” ~Kimberly Bell

We all have themes. Things that replay in your writing from story to story, almost subconsciously. Threads that carry through no matter the changes in subgenre or setting – whether you know it or not. On our next chat, we’ll talk about what a core story is and how to identify yours. Because the better we know our own story, the better we can make it shine.

See you Sunday at 7pm EST!

~Robin Lovett