How To Write Gripping Sex Scenes

Sex scenes are something a lot of writers struggle with, especially novice writers. A lot of this can be traced back to personal hang ups about sex in general.  For older writers who grew up thinking that sex was regarded as “dirty” there was good reason for stumbling over writing such scenes. The days of the romance […]

Tying Up Loose Ends

In every workshop we are bombarded by the the importance of the beginning. It has to be crisp…it has to immediately engage the reader…it has to introduce the characters…set up the  conflict….delineate the plot… And yet we have very few workshops and pointers on how to finish the damn book.It is the part of writing […]

Emotional Punch or Putting Conflict in Every Scene: Molly O’Keefe’s Workshop

Molly O’Keefe’s workshop at our RWNZ conference was brilliant. She gave us her take on creating conflict in every scene.  Something that is particularly relevant to romance writers.  I’m sure every writer has had one of those form rejections …. this submission lacks emotional punch….  And like every writer I’ve scratched my head… what is this elusive thing called emotional […]

Synopsis…. The Bane Of This Writer’s Life and a Eureka Moment

Writing  a synopsis that wows an editor into wanting to read my manuscript is something  guaranteed to have me tearing out clumps of hair….and at times turning down right homicidal. What do you put in and what do you leave out? Five times I’ve sent a synopsis to my critique partner this week and five times it’s […]

Romance Novels in the modern world

The more I see of world news the faster I reach for a good uplifting romance novel. After the recent devastation in Christchurch we are again seeing the appalling destruction wreaked by mother nature in Japan. That this time the devastation is on the other side of the world makes it no less terrifying.  And reinforces how […]

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