Nothing’s a better cure for writer’s block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton.
Really interesting website: writers can promote their books by submitting fictional news stories from the world of their books.
It’s a very imaginative and different method of marketing, and makes for a unique experience for discovering new books and new writers.
The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.
Reading over your own writing:
Q:Do you have anything on writing sexual tension between two characters?
This is always a tough one, and I have to admit, writing any kind of romance scenes is not my strong point, but here are some great tips that should help you out:
- Remember to use all of the senses. What can they smell, taste, hear, see and feel? Remember that all of their senses will be heightened.
- Concentrate on fine details. When you like someone you notice the little mole below their ear, the slight bend of their nose, the way they always fold their napkin the same way, how they pronounce a word in an odd way. Yes, all those things that irritate us when we fall out of love with them!
- Include conflict as well as emotion. Why aren’t they together? Is it socially unacceptable? Are there other people involved? Do they never get to be alone together? What emotional baggage are they carrying?
- Build up slowly. Draw it out. It’s all about the anticipation. Make your readers want it as much as the characters do.
- Think about times they can be together. What snatches of time can they get alone? What excuses can they use to be together, even if it’s in a crowded room? Where can they choose to sit for the best view of the other person, or where they will have to walk past one another? How many times can they brush against each other, or touch before people around them grow suspicious?
- Use dialogue. Remember, what people don’t say is just as important as what they do say.
- When you like someone, you remember everything about them - everything they say, their favourite ice cream flavour, their favourite song, where they grew up, etc.
- Make them see hidden meanings in everything. What did that slight eyebrow raise mean? Why did he emphasise that word? Is he trying to tell me something with that book title? We can see a lot of things that aren’t really there when we are hoping, praying for something we want.
Beyond that, make sure you read a lot of romance. And watch movies. And watch people. Recall from your own past experiences.
The four personality types of writers…
Commonly Confused Words
Accept vs Except
- accept means take, receive, or tolerate
- except means other than; apart from
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.