Romance becomes dramatic when your characters’ emotions converge, but their agendas diverge.
How do we get the best dramatic struggles to torment our lovers?
There are two ways that work in romance, one more than the other. … More Simple Writing Tips 3: Good Romance
Don’t be interesting. (And Don’t be Nice to Your Readers Either.)
In a book, you cannot afford to be polite. You want the reader to react and to be curious about the people and their world. Different words are needed. Specific words. HONEST words. Words with some effort of thought behind them. … More Simple Writing Tips 2: Don’t be Interesting.
The reader must begin your story with a great line, but you don’t have to begin your story by writing a great line.
Every writer knows you must kidnap your reader from their world and drag them back to yours from the first word. That’s what we’re told early in our author training … More Simple Writing Tips 1: Opening Lines