I’m dissecting the article Hunting Down the Pleonasm, by Allen Guthrie, using it as a cattle prod to search for little nasties in my manuscript. Yep, you can join in the fun, too. Let’s take a looksee at topic #19
19: Don’t allow characters who are sexually attracted to one another the opportunity to get into bed. Unless at least one of them has a jealous partner.
I’m staring at this, and trying to think about novels that were good, where there was a little bedroom time, but no jealous lover.
I have to admit… there are a lot… and they are fine. A sexual triangle just is not the main conflict of the story.
Sometimes the strong relationship between two characters makes the overall conflict (not necessarily a jealous partner) a deeper conflict, because the characters really care about each other.
Maybe Allen Guthrie has never read a romance novel? Maybe he just doesn’t like to read bedroom scenes?
What’s your take on this?
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Yes, I placed myself in the clutches of a publisher’s deadline AGAIN. I didn’t expect to. It wasn’t planned. It just kind of happened. Here’s the scoop…
About two months ago a writing buddy of mine Terri Rochenski announced that she was submitting to an anthology. I looked up the publisher. They only did Romance.
WARNING WARNING DANGER WILL ROBINSON!
I giggled. Despite the fact that there was a romantic element in LAST WINTER RED, I knew that writing a straight Romance was not for me… and I was having so much fun blowing stuff up writing FIRE IN THE WOODS that I didn’t really want to take the time to start something new.
Anyway… A month later she put out feelers for beta readers. A little niggle gnawed at my gut, poking and peeling until guilt set in.
The little writing demon inside me smacked me upside the head… Who cares that it’s Romance! You just missed an opportunity.
The overachiever in me flipped back to the publisher’s web-site. There were still five weeks until the submission date.
Is that long enough to come up with a story, outline, write, beta, edit and submit?
Honestly… No it wasn’t. Did I try anyway?
OF COURSE I DID!
I’m not going to draw this out… I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that I have already submitted a story to this publisher within the timeframe, and I managed to get it in a week early.
So, How’d I do it? Just to not make this post too long, I’ll tell you tomorrow. Be there or be square!
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Tagged anthology, Arts, Chats and Forums, christmas anthology, Literature, Publishing, Romance, Romance novel, Writers Resources, writing
Wahoo! We are well into Round 2 of Row 80, and I am proud to be one of the sponsors helping out the lovely and talented Kait Nolan on her ambitious endeavor to keep writers writing.
Today, you can find me ranting about how to get started on a new work, or how to write your way out of writer’s block over at the Row 80 site. (Just scroll down after Kait’s Wednesday check-in to see my words of wisdom) Hop on over and give a look.
As for me? Where am I?
I am struggling to keep my head above water… that’s where I am. I was hoping to have a sports-free spring, but that didn’t work out. Why do parents suffer when kids want to do sports? My goodness… I want to support my kids, but what a time suck! Don’t these other parents have writing to do after their normal workday? Blogging? Publisher’s deadlines? Critiquing? Oh… I’m the only one who does that. Ergghhhh.
I am sticking with my one goal for 2012.
And guess what? If you haven’t heard… YES! I am getting published!
See that pretty little book cover to the right? Yep, that’s my name!
But signing the contract does not mean the work is done. I’m busy editing and reworking right now, and working through my marketing plan. It’s tons of work.
I’m also playing around with a new idea in my head. I need to get it outlined so I can start the fun of exploding things writing something new. I guess that is my short-term goal… get through the outline so I can get to the fun part.
How are things in your writing world?