Realism in Romance. Why not?

Realism can come into the story by way of the plot itself, but even if your plot is one of the most unusual, fantastic plots every conceived, you can still insert realism into it by way of the story’s characters. We tend to criticize books and movies with unrealistic characters. Not everyone likes Mary Sue or Marty Stu, so why not provide characters with some realistic attributes? Continue reading Realism in Romance. Why not?

Grammar & Punctuation – The “Rules” are Meant to be Broken

When it comes to writing fiction, a lot of the rules we learned (or should have learned) in school can be bent, stretched, and even broken. A competent author will do this to create a certain effect or mood. Unless you know these rules, you won’t know the ones you can use and the ones you can do without. Continue reading Grammar & Punctuation – The “Rules” are Meant to be Broken

Petition to Demand Change in Amazon’s Treatment of eBook Returns

Amazon’s return policy and how they treat ebooks is completely detrimental and unfair when you consider how Amazon treats other “media items.” To quote Amazon’s return policy: “Media items (for example, movies, music, video games, and software) must be unopened and still in their plastic wrap.” Why aren’t ebooks treated the same? As a publisher and author of ebooks, we know how Amazon returns can wipeout significant earnings. I’m sharing a message that I received in my email.   *** Permission to forward *** There’s a petition on Change.org to get Amazon to change their policy regarding ebook returns/refunds. Right … Continue reading Petition to Demand Change in Amazon’s Treatment of eBook Returns

[BOOK REVIEW] The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

What first attracts attention to this book is the title. Seeing The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat on a list of other titles, one may wonder if it is about a little-known performance done before The Supremes became mega stars, or maybe it’s a fictional story involving the actual singers similar to the Eleanor Roosevelt mystery series penned by her son Elliott. It would be wrong to assume such things. The real Supremes do not appear in the novel (although Mrs. Roosevelt does). Author Edward Kelsey Moore has created an attention grabbing title that compels further investigation. Continue reading [BOOK REVIEW] The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

Who Farted? : Why Character Development is Important to Your Plot

Here’s the scenario. A man and women are alone in an elevator when the foul, sulfuric, tell-tale sign that someone has committed an olfactory offence occurs. It’s a real nose stinger so rank it melts your nasal hair. The man and woman look at each other. Who farted? It’s the ultimate whodunnit. Continue reading Who Farted? : Why Character Development is Important to Your Plot

Act Your Age! : Why the age of your character is important.

When we create a character for our story, we usually start with a typical laundry list of traits: eye color, hair color, height, weight, gender, ethnicity, occupation. We may even go so far as to detail their habits, likes, and dislikes. But when we assign the character an age, we need to think about more than just a number. Continue reading Act Your Age! : Why the age of your character is important.

Nothing new under the sun? You need to change your point of view.

When it comes to writing an “original” story, many people are cynical and say that there is nothing original left to write, everything has been done. This may be true when it comes to general themes that can be found in a story, but there is plenty of material available to develop an original idea. I love to read stories that leave me thinking: “Wow…I wish I’d written that!” Continue reading Nothing new under the sun? You need to change your point of view.

Join me on The She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour

The Southern Writers of She Writes cordially invite you to The She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour. The purpose of this tour was to give as many of the members in the Southern Writers group a chance to offer their hospitality by having others visit their home blogs. During the week leading up to the 4th of July, two blogs will be featured every day sharing their interpretation of the tour’s theme: “Southern Living.” Continue reading Join me on The She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour